The leader for the Islamist militant group Boko Haram says the girls will not be released until Boko Haram prisoners are freed.
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON (NBC) - A new video has emerged of the school girls kidnapped in Nigeria last month.
In it, the leader for the Islamist militant group Boko Haram says the girls will not be released until Boko Haram prisoners are freed.
This video appears to be the first indication the world has seen that some of these girls may still be alive.
It was obtained by the AFP, that's the French Press Agency.
It shows as many as 100 girls, and you'll remember that 276 were abducted.
They are sitting down wearing traditional Muslim dress and reciting a prayer that people recite after converting to Islam.
The video goes on to include a message from the leader of Boko Haram.
He's not actually seen with the girls, instead he's by himself. He has a message for the world and for Nigeria.
He says they will not be released until prisoners that are being held right from Boko Haram are released from prisons around Nigeria.
Some have been held for as long as five years.
Now this video will certainly provide a sliver of relief for some of these parents but it will no doubt ratchet up the pressure on the Nigerian government to take action.
They have been criticized from the beginning for not doing enough. That criticism and those rallies continue.