Detroit to Hold 2 “Bring Back Our Girls” Rallies for Kidnapped Nigerians

Tiffani Brown, left, joins a march in front of the Nigerian embassy in northwest Washington, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, protesting the kidnapping of nearly 300 teenage schoolgirls, abducted from a school in the remote northeast of Nigeria three weeks ago. / AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
Tiffani Brown, left, joins a march in front of the Nigerian embassy in northwest Washington, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, protesting the kidnapping of nearly 300 teenage schoolgirls, abducted from a school in the remote northeast of Nigeria three weeks ago. / AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Two rallies are planned this weekend in Detroit to highlight the plight of the hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria by a radical group.

“It’s time for collective action to voice our outrage at the horror,” said Kim Trent, with Delta Sigma Theta, an African-American sorority.

Today, her group will join the Shrine of the Black Madonna, a black nationalist church in Detroit, the National Congress of Black Women, and the Rev. Wendell Anthony, head of the Detroit Branch NAACP, at a 3 p.m. rally at the sorority’s office in Detroit at 24760 W. Seven Mile.

At 10 a.m. today, there will be another rally at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History featuring the nonprofit group Agents of Hope, Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, and Omobonike Odegbami, vice chancellor of Wayne County Community College District.

“This is not acceptable, and the world cannot accept, ignore or look away,” said Fatou-Seydi Sarr, a Detroit activist helping organize the rally. “We demand the young girls be released to their parents and protected while they continue their education. … It is unfathomable that in 2014 there are still women who are viewed as property.”

The Bring Back Our Girls rallies come amid growing outrage about the kidnapping of the girls by Boko Haram, an Islamist extremist group in Nigeria. The group has threatened to sell the girls.

Boko Haram has killed about 10,000 people over the past decade. Its members have often killed civilians at churches and schools; this week, they killed an estimated 300 people in a town in Nigeria, according to a report in USA TODAY.

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SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
Niraj Warikoo

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