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    Nigerian Girls in Boko Haram Video Identified

    A video from Boko Haram claims to show the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls wearing full-length hijabs and praying in an undisclosed location in a screengrab taken May 12, 2014.
    A video from Boko Haram claims to show the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls wearing full-length hijabs and praying in an undisclosed location in a screengrab taken May 12, 2014.
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    A Nigerian state governor has announced that all of the girls seen in a video released Monday by Boko Haram are students of the school attacked last month by the Islamist militant group.

    Kashim Shettima, governor of Borno state, said 54 of the roughly 100 girls shown in the video have been identified by name and all have been confirmed as students of the Government Girls Secondary School in the town of Chibok. He spoke Tuesday after organizing a screening for the community.
     
    In an interview with VOA’s Hausa Service, a man said he recognized his 18-year-old daughter in the video. A woman said her husband had identified their 17-year-old daughter, an aspiring doctor.

    In a separate interview with VOA's English to Africa Service, a man who identified himself only as "Samuel" said he recognized two of his nieces on the video.
     
    "I saw them yesterday [Monday] and I was kind of crying and I have been crying every day whenever I remember them because they were staying together in the same house,”  Samuel said.
     
    Boko Haram released the 17-minute video showing about 100 girls dressed in black and gray full-length hijabs, all sitting in an undisclosed rural area. They are among some 300 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in mid-April. 
     
    Some of the girls managed to escape but 276 remain missing.
     
    On Tuesday, a Nigerian minister, Tanimu Turaki, said the government was open to holding talks with Boko Haram. The Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, fighting to establish a strict Islamic state in Muslim-majority northern Nigeria, is blamed for thousands of deaths in bombing and shooting attacks during the past five years. 
     
    In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. is supporting Nigeria in its efforts to find the girls.
     
    "Our interdisciplinary team, the entire team, is in place on the ground at the embassy to provide military and law enforcement assistance as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support,” Psaki said. “We have provided commercial satellite imagery and are flying manned intelligence and surveillance aircraft over Nigeria, with the government's permission."
     
    Boko Haram video

    In the video, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau says the girls will not be released until the group's imprisoned fighters are freed in Nigeria. He previously has threatened to sell the girls on the human-trafficking market.
     
    A Nigerian ministers' group has said most of the missing girls are Christian. But the video shows girls reciting Muslim scriptures and holding their hands for prayers. 
     
    The video screening at a government building was attended by local and state officials. The chairman of Chibok’s local government had brought some parents of the missing girls, along with four girls who had escaped their captors.  
     
    International criticism
     
    The kidnapping has drawn international condemnation.  On Tuesday, demonstrators rallied near Paris' Eiffel Tower where they called for the girls' safe return.
     
    Also, the United Nations sent a high-level representative to Nigeria to support the government's efforts to find the schoolgirls.  It says Special Representative for West Africa Said Djinnit will meet with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and other senior government officials over the next few days.
    World Demands Action Against Nigerian Kidnappersi
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    Zlatica Hoke
    May 13, 2014 11:43 PM
    With outrage over the abduction of close to 300 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants spreading — protests demanding action have erupted in several cities, mostly recently Paris — Zlatica Hoke reports on domestic frustrations over the government's inability to protect its own citizens.

     
    Some information for this report provided by Reuters

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    by: Olumide from: lagos
    May 15, 2014 2:39 PM
    pls d goverment shuld try their best and may God help us in Nigeria.

    by: Vanny from: California
    May 14, 2014 7:05 PM
    Why is the government not doing anything about the monsters who kidnapped the girls while they were at school??? Don't they have right to education as declared in UN, to choose their own destinies and not be sold for $12 like in slavery era??? Hopefully Boko Haram will have softer hearts, let the girls go, and get REAL education/mental help.

    by: salome wambui from: Kenya,Kitui
    May 13, 2014 4:33 PM
    I hope God will soften the hearts of Boko Haram and release those girls unharmed.The whole world is affected and the only solution is to be patient and beg those people to bring back the girls.

    by: Carol Mccoy from: Oakland
    May 13, 2014 3:37 PM
    Im glad the girls are not harmed. But please let them go back home.

    by: Cirm™ from: Nigeria
    May 13, 2014 1:55 PM
    God bless you Andy and Gupta, the World need to unite and fight this monsters(Jihadist) across the globe.

    by: maneesh gupta from: india
    May 13, 2014 1:31 PM
    Lets collect/create world army,destroy every evil/devil elements which r harmful for world peace,culture,religions, languages & harmony.

    by: Andy from: San Diego
    May 13, 2014 11:53 AM
    Such a terrible situation... I read in another article that they're selling some of these girls for as little as $12 USD. If I had millions of dollars I would give every cent if it meant I could free even a single girl. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, I hope this story ends well and good hearted people triumph over these monstrous captors.
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    by: mistura from: nigeria
    May 13, 2014 5:50 PM
    no
    matter wat christianity in nigeria will never vanish. if islam is a
    religion of peace then why abducting this innocent christian girls?

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