'Bring Back Our Girls' supporters march at the Capitol | KBIA

'Bring Back Our Girls' supporters march at the Capitol

Jun 2, 2014

Participants of “Bring Back Our Girls" rally march through the streets of Jefferson City on Saturday, May 31, 2014
Credit Nick Komisar / KBIA

Members of the Nigerian community locally, gathered at the Capitol building Saturday to raise awareness for the abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria. Participants of the rally wore shirts and help up signs with the words “Bring Back Our Girls” as they marched around the Capitol. “Bring Back Our Girls” is a national campaign.

On April 15, a terrorist group named Boko Haram attacked a girl’s boarding school and kidnapped over 200 girls ages 15 to 18 from their dormitories. The name of the group Boko Haram translates to “Western education is a sin.”

Since their abduction, people across the world have participated in these protests to help shed a light on the situation.  Ogugua Anunoby, professor of business at Lincoln University said that the United States’ involvement in the situation is important.

“We are just happy that the U.S. and other governments are helping,” said Anunoby.

Zumunta Midwest, a chapter of the Zumunta Association, was responsible for arranging the rally in Jeff City. The Zumunta Association is a nationwide association for people of Nigerian backgrounds.

Abiathar Naaman, a member of Zumunta Midwest said the goal of the association is to help people incorporate two cultures, the American culture and the Nigerian culture. He said it is important for the children who weren’t born in Nigeria, so they understand their background and maintain the Nigerian culture.