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Protesters in Lagos defy weather to march for abducted girls

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 01:06

May 14 - Dozens of protesters brave heavy rains in Nigeria's most populous city to mark one month since more than 200 girls in war-ravaged northeast Nigeria were kidnapped from their school. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Dozens of protesters braved torrential rains in Nigeria's most populous city on Wednesday (May 14) to mark one month since more than 200 girls in war-ravaged northeast Nigeria were kidnapped from their school. Residents in Lagos protested despite the heavy downpour, calling for security forces to intensify its search efforts for the schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants four weeks ago. The crowd of women and human rights activists who had left their jobs sat down in the rain at a busy intersection singing solidarity songs. Gender activist Habiba Balogun said the rescue of the girls is the first step for the government to prove that the lives of its citizens are secured. "We have to fight to get these girls back now so that we can protect ourselves, get the government to put security in place to save all of us. It's about protecting the whole country. These girls are a symbol of that. They are the first step that we are putting our foot down and saying enough is enough actually," Balogun said. A Boko Haram video released on Monday (May 12) showed more than 110 girls sitting on the ground in a rural location, the first time they have been seen in captivity. "Hopefully, the pictures we see say they have found some of them, now we want them to go get them, that is all we ask for, go get them so we know you can protect us at all times, that's it," Omo Apata, a Lagos-based doctor, said. Nigeria's government expressed a willingness on Tuesday (May 13) to negotiate with the militants.

Protesters in Lagos defy weather to march for abducted girls

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 01:06

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