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Sunderland Minster event to support kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls campaign

A new video released by Islamist militants Boko Haram claims to show around 130 girls kidnapped from a school in Nigeria last month.

A new video released by Islamist militants Boko Haram claims to show around 130 girls kidnapped from a school in Nigeria last month.

A SHOW of solidarity to support an international campaign to find more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls will be held at Sunderland Minster tomorrow.

The city’s African Women’s Association will join representatives from the Minster and charity Wearside Women in Need to back the “#Bring Back Our Girls” campaign.

The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for abducting the girls from their school in Chibok.

The group claims the girls should never have been in school and should get married instead. The group has also threatened to sell them as slaves.

On Friday, Wearside supporters of #Bring Back Our Girls will meet at the Minster at 7.30pm to show their support.

Lindy Qidjoaka, from the African Women’s Association, said: “We would like to see people coming along and joining us in our efforts.”

Claire Phillipson, from Wearside Women in Need, added: “The idea is for everyone to show their solidarity.”

People will be asked to light a candle and say a prayer for the girls.

“We also want people to wear red on the night,” added Ms Phillipson.

It is thought most of the girls are Christians, although a number are Muslims.

David Cameron has promised Britain “will do what we can” to help find the girls, and the United States has pledged its support.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said it was “wonderful” there was a global campaign to support the girls.

 

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