Boko Haram releases video of Chibok girls saying “they will not return”

Boko Haram has released a new video showing girls purported to be among the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped from their school hostel in April 2014.

In the video that shows the Chibok girls, at least three of the group were seen carrying babies. One of the students said: “We are the Chibok girls, by the grace of Allah, we will not return to you.”

It was not clear when or where the latest message was recorded or whether those who appeared on camera were under duress.

But the woman speaking, her face covered by a veil, said they had all been married by Boko Haram factional leader Abubakar Shekau.

“We live in comfort. He provides us with everything. We lack nothing,” she added.

Shekau is also seen in the video, firing a heavy machine gun and making a 13-minute-long sermon.

On April 14, 2014 the insurgent group kidnapped 276 students from the Government Girls Secondary School in the mostly Christian town in Borno state, triggering global condemnation.

Fifty-nine of them managed to escape in the hours that followed.

A total of 107 girls have now been either found, rescued or released as part of government negotiations with the Islamic State group affiliate.

On January 4, the Nigerian army said it had rescued one of the girls’ classmates in the remote Pulka region of Borno, near the border with Cameroon.

The Chibok abductees are among thousands of women, girls and boys kidnapped during the conflict, which began in 2009 and has killed at least 20,000 people and displaced more than 2.6 million.


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