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New Jersey’s Nigerian Nightmare: #BringBackOurGirls

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The world is rallying behind the social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls to encourage action to help return over 200 female student’s ages 16 through 18 who were kidnapped from their school in northern Nigeria by Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram. Their plan is to sell the girls into slavery.

This unfortunate situation is not just a Nigerian issue or an international issue. People all over the world are affected by this tragedy. In fact there is a large Nigerian population here in New Jersey. Nigerian Pastor Samuel Ayrni and a group of Nigerian Mothers said that they couldn’t imagine still living in Nigeria and not knowing where their child was or if they were safe.

"Now, there are over 300 Nigerian churches in New Jersey and this is our home, these are our streets. We are citizens of New Jersey and whatever happens to Nigeria affects us here in New Jersey,” Ayrni said.

The mothers at the church gathered to pray for the safe return of the girls in Nigeria. Over half of Nigeria’s population is Christian and they celebrate that same faith here in the Garden State.

Congressman Chris Smith has been very active when it comes to U.S. relations with Nigeria. He plans to propose a bill that would help strengthen support for Nigeria and the families of the kidnapped, as well as support western education in Nigeria which Boko Haram is primarily against.

U.S. Senator Menendez is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and he expressed his deep concern for the welfare of the women. He said: “As a father, I am heartsick for these brave young women and their families who were in a situation where they were getting an education and were kidnapped. I look forward to the passage later today of a resolution authored by Senators Landrieu and Boxer condemning Boko Haram and this terrible act.”

At first, Nigeria didn’t want help from the United States and didn’t vocalize their stance against Boko Haram until this week. Now the United States has sent a task force over to Nigeria and everyone is putting forward their best efforts to return these girls home safely.


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