Dozens of the kidnapped school girls made famous by the hashtag campaign #BringBackOurGirls in 2014 have been killed in airstrikes, according to a video released by the girl’s captors.
Nigerian Islamist terror group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from a Chibok school two years ago, and the group that released the graphic video is believed to have more than 200 of them. A masked gunman in the video says some of the girls have been wounded and killed in airstrikes, and the video concludes with footage of what are purportedly their dead bodies, reports BBC News.
The gunman demands Nigeria hand over captured Boko Haram fighters in exchange for the girls, saying they will otherwise “never” be returned to their families. He interviews one of the 50 girls shown there in Muslim garb, who asks parents to intercede on their behalf with the Nigerian government. (RELATED: 7 Hashtags That Prove Twitter Activism Can Change Human History)
Shortly after the girls were kidnapped in early 2014, #BringBackOurGirls started trending on Twitter, fueled by first lady Michelle Obama’s decision to express support for the movement. “Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families,” Michelle tweeted. “It’s time to
Boko Haram fighters mocked the movement in a video released later that summer. The group’s leader, Abubakar Shekeau, who still has the girls, shouts and laughs on camera in reference to the movement. “You have been going around saying, ‘Bring Back Our Girls,'” he says with a taunting smile. “Bring back our army.”
The newest video is the third of its kind released by Boko Haram since the girls were kidnapped. The airstrikes that allegedly killed some of the girls were carried out by the Nigerian government.
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