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UPDATE: Madison hosts rally for kidnapped Nigerian girls

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UPDATE: MADISON (WKOW)-- It's been almost a month since more than 300 girls were kidnapped from a school in Nigeria. About 50 managed to escape but some 276 are still missing. The extremist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the abduction.

The search for the missing is a global effort and demonstrators around the world are showing support.

“Bring Our Girls Back” has become the rallying cry for demonstrators across the globe, pleading with world leaders to ramp up efforts to find the girls. That rally came to Madison Saturday afternoon.

For Adrian Jones, who attended the rally, the issue hits especially close to home- she has family in Nigeria and is a new mom.

“I can't imagine my daughter not coming home, not knowing where she is, not knowing if she is safe or if she's afraid or if she's calling out for me,” Adrian said.

“These are not just Nigeria's girls,” said Jill Haugh, who attended the rally. “These are everybody's girls.”

And the rally on Capitol Square did bring together a diverse crowd with a common goal.

“You just wanna do something,” said Vicki Kieler, who attended the rally. “I can't imagine what it must be like to be a mother or a father having something like this happen.”

Adrian says it's important for everyone, even those without close connections to the situation, to stand up.

“It's not about being Nigerian or not,” Adrian said. “It's about 300 girls who are just in school, trying to take a final exam, trying to better themselves and get an education.”


MADISON (WKOW)— A rally will take place Saturday afternoon in support of the more than 250 girls kidnapped in Nigeria.

The rally will be held at noon at the Capitol steps. Those who join are encouraged to wear red, the color of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign or green and white, the color of the Nigerian flag.

The girls have been missing since April 15. The group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the abductions.

We'll have more on the rally coming up on 27 News at 6 and 10.

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