#BringBackOurGirls The kidnap of the Chibok Girls by Boko Haram, 2 years on

#BringBackOurGirls - Two years after the abduction of Chibok Girls in north-eastern Nigeria, Boko Haram has issued a "proof of life" of the 276 high school students.

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#BringBackOurGirls On the night of April 14th 2014, armed Boko Haram men broke into the dormitories of the school and abducted 276 girls. play

On the night of April 14th 2014, armed Boko Haram men broke into the dormitories of the school and abducted 276 girls.

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American channel, CNN, news reported on Wednesday that a video showing a couple of girls covered with a black hijab, which was made available to them, showed the girls kidnapped from Chibok.

15 adolescents were identified.

This is the first video to show that some of the kidnapped girls are alive, since that broadcast by Boko Haram in May 2014.

According to reports, members of Boko Haram made contact mid-January with the Nigerian government, calling for discussions on a possible exchange of prisoners. The government had requested a "proof of life", and then received five first pictures of some of the hostages, then this video.

READ: Boko Haram reportedly offering to exchange Chibok Girls for detained colleagues

The parents of the 219 still missing schoolgirls - 57 had managed to escape shortly after the kidnapping - will hold a memorial prayer meeting on Thursday at the school in Chibok where their children were kidnaped. They will meet at the site of this massive kidnapping, in high school for girls in this remote town which has since become a symbol of the conflict in one of the most disadvantaged regions of northern Nigeria since 2009.

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On the night of April 14th 2014, armed Boko Haram men broke into the dormitories of the school and abducted 276 girls.

Nigeria was sent into unrest, demonstrations are planned, among the events for a week by the #BringBackOurGirls movement, demanding the release of the girls.

#BringBackOurGirls - Two years after the abduction of Chibok Girls in north-eastern Nigeria, Boko Haram has issued a "proof of life" of the 276 high school students. play

#BringBackOurGirls - Two years after the abduction of Chibok Girls in north-eastern Nigeria, Boko Haram has issued a "proof of life" of the 276 high school students.

 

In Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria, prayer vigils were held on Wednesday night at a very busy intersection, where the photos and names of the hostages have been displayed for two years. "We want to show families that they are not alone. We share their pain and we will be with them until the return of their daughters," organizers said. "We will never accept that Nigerians are kidnapped and nobody cares about their fate."

The Boko Haram insurgency often uses kidnapping as a weapon in a war that has already led to some 20,000 deaths since 2009.

According to NGOs that advocate for human rights, thousands of women and girls have been abducted since the conflict started. Boko Haram has been known to use these kidnapped female victims as sex slaves or human bombs, while boys and men are forcibly enlisted to fight the rebels in north-east Nigeria.

The director of Amnesty International Nigeria, MK Ibrahim, called for the release of all hostages, believing that girls Chibok became the symbol "of all civilians who have had their lives destroyed by Boko Haram." "The government (of President) Muhammadu Buhari must do everything possible at the legislative level to end the suffering of the parents of these girls and all the hostages in general, guaranteeing protection to the northeast of the population and the access to education for all children in the region", he insisted.

In an article published on Wednesday, Nnamdi Obasi and Ayo Obe, analysts for the International Crisis Group, wrote that this commemoration is an opportunity to address the effects of the conflict on children.

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Of the 2.6 million people who have fled the violence, more than 952,000 children are forced to "forfeit" their right to education and some schools have been attacked.

UNICEF emphasized in another report that the number of children abducted and involved in suicide bombings is clearly increasing, and that three-quarters of them were girls between January 2014 and February 2016.
 

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