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On April 14, 276 teenage girls were kidnapped from their boarding school by Nigerian militant Islamist group, Boko Haram. The girls–who range in age from 15 to 18–are reportedly being sold into marriage to the militants for $12.
For weeks, international media ignored the incident despite hashtag campaigns like #WhereAreOurGirls and #BringOurGirlsBack trending in Nigeria and other parts of Africa since the girls were abducted.
After some controversy over the release of the kidnapped girls’ alleged names, many families in Nigeria are concerned for their safety.
President Obama has called the kidnappings “heartbreaking” and “outrageous” and has announced that he’s lending U.S. support via military officials and hostage negotiators. And, the Senate passed a bipartisan resolution condemning the abductions of the Nigerian school girls.
Authorities in Nigeria are offering a $30,000 reward for information that leads to the rescue of the kidnapped schoolgirls.
No upcoming rallies are currently planned but a Change.org petition launched last week has reached close to 500,000 signatures at the time this story was published.
Fusion spoke with some of the protesters at a New York City rally.
Filmed by Elizabeth Murray