By Breanna Edwards, theRoot.com

Captors sent the video, which shows 15 of the girls, to negotiators, but the girls’ parents were unaware of its existence until recently.

Image from “proof of life” video showing 15 of the girls kidnapped from Chibok, Nigeria CNN SCREENSHOT

Image from “proof of life” video showing 15 of the girls kidnapped from Chibok, Nigeria. CNN SCREENSHOT

…CNN reports that the video had been seen by negotiators and some members of the government, but the parents of the girls had not seen the footage until now.

Parents watching the video broke into tears as they caught sight of the children they have not seen in over two years….

The video, which is believed to have been recorded in December 2015 as part of negotiations with terrorist group Boko Haram, was released by someone who reportedly wanted to give the girls’ parents hope that their daughters were still alive, and to push the government to do more for their release….

Toward the end of the two-minute clip, one girl, identified as Naomi Zakaria, makes the final appeal, which CNN notes may be scripted.

“I am speaking on 25 December, 2015, on behalf of the all the Chibok girls, and we are all well,” she says, emphasizing the word “all.”…

…(T)he government also acknowledged that it is not able to confirm or refute the authenticity of the footage….

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