"Obviously what is happening is awful": Obama on kidnapped girls in Nigeria
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - 01:40
May 6 - President Barack Obama told CBS that the U.S. will send an American team to Nigeria to support the government's efforts to find kidnapped girls. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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They are calling for action outside the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC.
They want the release of more than 200 schoolgirls taken by the militant group Boko Haram last month, -- a group that is threatening to sell into slavery.
In an interview with CBS News President Barack Obama says the U.S. is offering help.
(SOUNDBITE) (English)U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING:
"Well, we are sending in a team made up of our military and law enforcement and other experts. And we are very glad that Nigeria has accepted the help. Obviously what is happening is awful. And as the father of two girls I can't imagine what the parents are going through."
On Capitol Hill members of Congress hold a moment of silence, as Senate Chaplin Barry Black offers prayers.
(SOUNDBITE) (English)U.S. SENATE CHAPLAIN BARRY BLACK SAYS:
"Let us bow our heads for a moment of silence.
"Eternal Lord God, who alone does wondrous things, you are our refuge and strength, a very present help in the time of trouble. We turn to you because of our concern for the more than 200 abducted Nigerian girls and young women.".
Boko Haram, the main security threat to Africa's leading energy producer, is growing bolder and appears better armed than ever
Overnight suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped eight more girls in northeastern Nigeria.
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