May 4 - U.S. Secretary of State adds his voice to condemnation of Nigerian schoolgirl mass kidnapping. Paul Chapman reports
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These protesters turned out in Washington D.C. to draw attention to the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria nearly two weeks ago.
They gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial to demand more action to find the girls thought to have been kidnapped by Islamist Boko Haram militants.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) FARIDAH HABIB, RALLY ATTENDEE, SAYING:
"I have a sister who's 16 and she goes to secondary school in Nigeria and she's in boarding school so I imagine if that was my sister and what I know, what would happen, how I would feel."
(SOUNDBITE)(English) QUEST DEW, RALLY ATTENDEE, SAYING:
"This should have been all over the press in every capacity, just as much as the flight, just as much as everything that's happening in the Ukraine."
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry added his voice to international condemnation of the kidnapping as he addressed a youth conference in Ethiopia.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING:
"The kidnapping of hundreds of children by Boko Haram is an unconscionable crime and we will do everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these young women to their homes."
The girls were abducted when gunmen stormed their all-female secondary school in Borno state on April 14th.
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