The extremist group Boko Haram has abducted children regularly as a part of its reign of terror. In total, it’s estimated that the group has taken over 2,000 children, both girls and boys. The girls are often used as sex slaves, while the boys are put into the fighting force or even used as suicide bombers. Needless to say, it is a horrifying situation for the parents of these children.
One of the larger abductions took place in Chibok last April, with 276 schoolgirls taken. Some managed to escape, but the others are still with Boko Haram, leaving their families to suffer not knowing their fate. Recently, a video showed fifteen of these girls alive and healthy. Yvonne Ndege, an Al Jazeera reporter, said, "There's a voice-over, there's a man speaking asking them to state their names and other details, including the date that the video was taken, and they say it's the 25th of December 2015."
The Nigerian government is encouraged by the video, but don’t want the families jumping to conclusions. "They are treating it seriously, they don't want to underplay its significance but they're saying 'let's be careful, let's tread with caution. The campaigners and the families, however are holding on to this as the glimmer of hope that they’ve been looking for the last two years and they are urging the Nigerian government to follow up in every way possible the authenticity of this new recording."
Hopefully, the video will encourage the authorities to continue pursuing Boko Haram, with the goal of rescuing these women.