A video released by a Nigerian Islamist group appears to show a group of schoolgirls who were kidnapped in 2014 – with one appearing to hold a baby. The footage which was posted by Boko Haram shows around 50 girls sat behind a militant who claims he will free them if fighters are released.
Around 276 Chibok schoolgirls were taken from the Government Girls Secondary School in April 2014 and 219 are still believed to be being held.
There are fears that the girls in Nigeria may have been sexually abused and forced into ‘relationships’.
In the video, which is the third since the students were taken, one woman appears to be holding a baby.
Speaking in 2014, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said the girls had converted to Islam and he threatened to sell them into slavery or forced marriage with his fighters.
Towards the end of the clip, the camera pans around a site which shows bodies in the dirt.
The footage suggests some of the students may have been injured or killed by government air strikes.
Standing forward, one of the girls, who identifies herself as Maida Yakubu, said: “What I can say is that our parents should take heart. Talk to the government so that we can be allowed to go home.
Watch the video below...