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Local Vigil Held for Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

The United States is making plans to send a team to help rescue nearly 300 kidnapped girls.

The girls were snatched last month from their beds in an all girl school in Nigeria by Islamic terrorists. Investigators believe they are now being used as sex slaves.

A local vigil was held in Colorado Springs on Thursday night for those girls.

NAACP State President Rosemary Lytle led dozens of local folks at the All Souls Unitarian Church to pray for the schoolgirls kidnapped from Nigeria.

“We need to let our voices say that these are our daughters too. To say that what happens in the world affects us even here in Colorado Springs,” Lytle said.

The terrorist group made threats that they will sell the girls into sex slavery. Mothers here feel for the mothers of those little girls.

“It hurt my heart and it happens way too often,” Regina Dipadova said.

"I feel like this is the first time globally that people are joining together to stop human trafficking,” Karen Gale explained.

For Lytle, she's determined to continue raising awareness until the girls are found safe.

"As people all over the country conduct gatherings like this one, I think it says to our government and says to the world that we are not isolated as Americans. We care about young people and all people no matter where they are.”

There is now a worldwide movement that's taken to social media sites like Twitter. People are using the hash tag #bringbackourgirls to demand their return.

It was just a few days ago and three weeks after the kidnappings that the Nigerian president acknowledged the abductions for the first time. He also admitted he has no idea where the girls are. This week, he finally accepted the offer from the United States to help.


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