Hundreds rally in NYC for missing Nigerian girls

Hundreds rally in NYC for missing Nigerian girls

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

About 200 people gathered outside the Nigerian consulate in New York in support of captured Nigerian girls.

Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the crowd of activists, human rights groups and Nigerian immigrants during the Saturday afternoon prayer vigil and rally in Manhattan.

De Blasio was joined by his wife and daughter. He told the crowd the kidnappings of more than 270 girls by the extremist group Boko Haram should be denounced around the world.

Anti-gun violence organizer Iesha Sekou led a group of about 50 who marched from a Harlem church to the consulate. She says her group rallied because the girls were taken at gunpoint.

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke out against the kidnappings, marking only the second time in history that a first lady has ever replaced The President in his weekly address. 

“I want you to know that Barack has directed our government to do everything possible to support the Nigerian government's efforts to find these girls and bring them home” she said.

“In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters. We see their hopes, and their dreams and we can only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now."

The terror group, Boko Haram, has reportedly sold some of the girls as sex slaves for just $12 dollars.

Boko Haram means western education is sinful.

According to Secretary of State John Kerry, the US offered Nigeria help from day one, but the Nigerian president refused the offer.

Only this past week did Nigeria finally accept help from the US, Britain, France and China.

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