A video showing 15 of the school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 has been shown to parents for the first time as “proof of life.”
A “proof of life” video showing 15 of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in August 2014 has been shown to the parents of the girls.
It is believed to be the first footage they have seen proving their children are still alive.
The video is in the hands of negotiators and the Nigerian government.
The video was probably made in December 2015, CNN reported.
Some of those forced into being so called “jihadi brides” are clamoring to become suicide bombers. A 16-year-old teenager, identified only as Fati, told Britain’s The Express that if girls become suicide bombers they can escape a life of continual rape and potentially be rescued.
“They [the Boko Haram fighters] would ask: ‘Who wants to be a suicide bomber?’” Fati recounted. “The girls would shout: ‘Me, me, me.’ They were fighting to do the suicide bombings.”
“If they give them a suicide bomb” she said, “then maybe they would meet soldiers, tell them: ‘I have a bomb on me’ and they could remove the bomb. They can run away.”
Three quarters of the children used as suicide bombers by Boko Haram since 2012 have been girls, according to UNICEF.
Boko Haram is officially known as the Islamic State in West Africa since pledging allegiance to the self-styled Caliph of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in March 2015.
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