Reminder: Nigeria's kidnapped schoolgirls are still missing
August 14, 2016 03:34 PM EDT
Nigerian militant group Boko Haram claims a new video they released shows some of the schoolgirls it kidnapped two years ago.
Don't waste time - release our members in custody and we will release the girls.
A masked fighter appearing in the 11 minute video demanded the Nigerian government release captured Boko Haram fighters in exchange for the girls' freedom. The speaker also claims several of the girls were killed in Nigerian military airstrikes.
In April 2014, Boko Haram abducted over 200 schoolgirls from their boarding school in the northern city of Chibok. It's believed some of the girls were sold into slavery or married off.
Their capture sparked a global campaign to find them. Public figures from first lady Michelle Obama to Kim Kardashian to Malala Yousafzai added their voices under the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.
Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates to "Western culture is forbidden," has been terrorizing northeastern Nigeria for seven years. The deadly insurgency has killed 20,000 people and driven 2.2 million from their homes.