bring back our girls
Their release had been secured "through backchannel efforts and with the help of some friends of the country."
Authorities initially denied that the girls had been kidnapped, saying they were just hiding from the jihadis.
The video shows a masked man in camouflage saying that some of the girls are still alive, but others were killed during Nigerian government airstrikes.
On Second Anniversary of Chibok Kidnapping, the Man Who Started #BringBackOurGirls Dismisses Critics
Two years after 276 students were abducted from a town in northeast Nigeria by Islamic militant group Boko Haram, VICE News spoke to the lawyer who started a hashtag campaign to raise awareness of it.
Parents and friends of the 219 missing girls kidnapped from a school in northeast Nigeria two years ago today have reacted with joy to video released today appearing to show some of them alive.
In this excerpt, VICE News correspondent Kaj Larsen embeds with an operational air wing provided by private military contractors to the Nigerian military for their assault on the city of Bama.
The grisly discovery underscores the grave threat still posed by the Islamic militant group in Nigeria, where government troops have been claiming victories.
The world has marked the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping of 276 students by Boko Haram, as Amnesty International published a report showing that the group are using girls as fighters and sexual slaves.
At an abandoned Maiduguri airport in northeast Nigeria, a platoon prepares and what has become a de facto staging base for a series of military counter offensives against Boko Haram.