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More Than 100 WSU Students Protest For The Release Of 200 Abducted Nigerian Girls

More than 100 Wichita State University students, faculty and community members staged a protest on campus Thursday. The group demanded the release of more than 200 Nigerian girls abducted from a public school in Nigeria. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports...

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Wearing red shirts and holding up signs reading “Bring Back Our Girls,” demonstrators circled the WSU Plaza of Heroines.

Olabisi Pinheiro is the President of the Nigerian Association at WSU. She called on the islamist group Boko Haram, who’s claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, to return the girls home.

“We ask the world to come together and just come into Nigeria and stop these people because they do not have a right to stop these girls from going to school,” Pinheiro says. "They do not have a right to hold their safety. They do not have the right to abduct our daughters. We want them home so, bring back our girls!”

Speakers reminded students to continue with the social media "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign.

This story originally aired on Morning Edition on May 9, 2014.

 

Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.