ATTENTION RHODE ISLAND

Nigerian Community of RI, Community Leaders and Lawmakers, and Residents from all over RI and Southeastern Massachusetts to Rally and Demand Bring Back Our Girls in front of Statehouse on May 9

What:  Community Rally declaring “bring back our girls” and demanding action for the nearly 300 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria to be rescued and reunited with their families

When: Friday, May 9, 2014, 5-7 pm

Where: RI State House

Why: Because everyone can and must play a role to get the kidnapped girls home

Who: Nigerian Community of RI, Mayor Taveras and other Lawmakers, RI citizens and residents from different cultural, ethnic and religious, backgrounds.

BACKGROUND:

On April 15, 2014, more than 234 female students were kidnapped while in school in Nigeria. According to an April 30 BBC News article, the students “were about to sit their final year exam and so are mostly aged between 16 and 18.”

It’s been close to a month and the kidnapped girls have not been rescued and reunited with their families. In the meantime, reports have emerged that continue to alarm community members there in Nigeria and all over the world, for instance: that the number of girls kidnapped was higher than previously thought and additional girls have been targeted by the terrorist group responsible for the attacks and abduction; that the government and military of Nigeria are acting too slowly on this matter; that the girls are being moved every few days and are at-risk for trafficking and forced marriages.

Like those in cities all over the world, RI community members are standing up to apply pressure: BRING BACK OUR GIRLS.

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