(CNN) — The girls sit quietly on the ground, dressed in traditional Islamic garb, barely moving, clearly scared.
“Praise be to Allah, the lord of the world,” they chant.
The video, released by French news agency Agence France-Presse, purports to show about 100 of the 276 girls kidnapped byBoko Haram fighters nearly a month ago. It’s the first time they’ve been seen since their abduction April 14.
The girls were shown wearing Hijabs and praying. None of the girls appear to be visibly distressed, but appears as if they are clearly under duress.
Published on May 12, 2014
Boko Haram Video Claims To Show Missing Girls
Footage shows leader Abubakar Shekau and around 130 of the youngsters abducted in Nigeria who he says have converted to Islam.
A new video issued by Boko Haram claims to show some of the nearly 300 schoolgirls missing in Nigeria, who the group’s leader says have converted to Islam.
AFP reported that Boko Haram’s leader said the girls would not be released until Boko Haram prisoners are freed.
Police say a total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau speaks on the video for 17 minutes
In the video, Abubakar Shekau speaks for 17 minutes before showing what he says are about 130 of the girls, wearing full-length hijabs and praying in an undisclosed rural location.
One of the purported girl then appears to talk directly to the camera.
The girls were shown wearing Hijabs and praying
None of the girls appear to be visibly distressed, but appears as if they are clearly under duress.
Sky’s Special Correspondent Alex Crawford who has spoken to a father of one of the kidnapped girl says he does not want the government to release Boko Haram prisoners in exchange his daughter.
Two of them hold a flag in the background
He told her: “Its not right. They’ll do it again.”
Meanwhile, Doctor Reuben Abati told Alex Crawford there are lines the government will not cross in the hunt for the girls.
One of the girls comes forward and talks to the camera
Speaking after it was revealed authorities had made indirect contact with Boko Haram, Dr Abati said: “The government of Nigeria has no intention to pay a ransom or to buy the girls, because the sale of human beings is a crime against humanity.
“The determination of the government is to get the girls and to ensure that the impunity that has brought this about is checked and punished.”
Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau has threatened to sell the girls “at the market” and some are believed to have already been taken out of the country.
Doctor Reuben Abati told Sky News Nigeria will not pay a ransom
The search for the girls remains centred on the huge Sambisa forest, which is three times the size of Wales.
Intelligence sources have told Sky News that Nigeria’s neighbours – Chad, Cameroon and Niger – are providing help to find the teenagers.
Sky News sources have also learned the militants are likely to have laid booby traps and landmines to stop the girls being found.
Israel has become the latest country to offer to help the search effort. Experts from Britain, France and the US are already in the country.
France has called for African leaders to hold a summit focused on the issue