Nigerian-Americans Protest Outside Nigerian Embassies in New York, Washington, D.C.
Prior to the United States’ announcement of its plan to assemble a team of military and law enforcement personnel to be deployed to Nigeria to assist the Nigerian state with finding band releasing more than 240 abducted school girls, Nigerians in New York and Washington, D.C. held protests in front of Nigerian embassies demanding more be done. In line with global outcry, perhaps most widely spread via the twitter hashtag, #BringBackOurGirls, the protests placed several demands on the Nigerian State, all of which in sum asked for a return o peace. Boko Haram, an Islamic insurgency and U.S.-designated foreign terrorist Organization (GFTO) continues to ravage the country, abducting school children, attacking predominantly Christian villages, and perpetrating bomb attacks in the nation’s capital city, Abuja, ahead of its scheduled hosting of the World Economic Forum.
05/07/2014 NYC, Washington, D.C. (VOA) – The threat by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram to sell the scores of school girls it says it kidnapped three weeks ago has sparked outrage around the world and prompted calls for action.
The United States says it will send a team of experts to Nigeria to help in the search for the more than 250 girls and Britain is offering help as well. Eight more girls were reported kidnapped this week.
Meanwhile, rallies were held Tuesday in Washington and New York to press for their freedom.
They marched and brandished signs in front of the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, calling for action.
Nicole Lee, a human rights lawyer, said just because the kidnapping happened in Nigeria doesn’t mean people shouldn’t care.
“Everybody, no matter what our race or citizenship, needs to really care and understand that if it can happen there, it can happen here. Human trafficking is all over the planet,” said Lee.