Rally for Nigerian girls planned at state Capitol
BATON ROUGE - A rally will be held at The Louisiana State Capitol on Saturday in an effort to raise awareness of the Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by extremist group Boko Haram.
Organizers said they "cannot be silent" while many of the more than 300 girls kidnapped in Nigeria are still missing.
The event will be held at the State Capitol building on Saturday May 10th from 12 noon to 3 p.m. and participants are asked to dress in black and bring their own sign, colored red and white. A special prayer session will be held prior to the rally.
Some 276 girls remain missing of the more than 300 abducted from a Nigerian school in Chibok last month. Officials in the region identified 53 of the abducted girls Friday, a controversial move because the girls face stigma in Nigerian society.
U. S. officials and agents are arriving in Nigeria to assist with operations to find the girls and their kidnappers from the Boko Haram group of Islamic insurgents. Chibok residents staged street protests Friday to press the local government to do more to find the girls.
The kidnapping led to a worldwide push on social media to raise awareness, using the phrase "Bring Back Our Girls" or "Free Our Girls" in hashtags and messages.