Local mother Funke Oba says when she first heard that nearly 300 girls were abducted from their high school classrooms in her former homeland of Nigeria, she was in total disbelief. 

"I just could not believe that this was happening in the country from which I came from, because when I left Nigeria there was nothing of this kind. It just didn't seem to make sense, it didn't add up," Oba told Craig Norris on The Morning Edition Friday. "It was mostly shock, disbelief, which then turned into sadness."

Three weeks ago, the Islamist militant group Boko Haram abducted almost 300 girls in north-eastern Nigeria and is now threatening to sell the girls into slavery.   

"At the time I left, there was nothing like Boko Haram. This is a totally new thing," said Oba, who immigrated to Kitchener-Waterloo in 2001. 

Oba is organizing a Bring Back Our Girls rally for Mother's Day at Kitchener City Hall.

"As Mother's Day approached I just couldn't [help] but think of the mothers, the grandmothers, the sisters, the aunts, who would not be celebrating Mother's Day, who would be grieving and mourning, not knowing the whereabouts of their young girls for three weeks. So we decided that it was fitting on Mother's Day to think of these mothers,"she said.

Click on the audio file on the left to listen to the entire interview with Oba.