Winnipeg Nigerian community protests 300+ abducted school girls
The rally will occur at the Manitoba Legislature Sunday at 2 p.m.
The city’s Nigerian community held a rally at the Manitoba Legislature Sunday to protest the abduction of more than 300 school girls in Nigeria.
Protesters hoped to put pressure on the Nigerian government to do more to find the school girls, who were kidnapped almost four weeks ago.
Fifty-three have escaped, but 276 of the girls are still being held captive by Islamist group Boko Haram, who have threatened to sell the girls into slavery.
Around 300 people turned out for the event organized by the Nigerian Association of Manitoba.
The "Bring Back our Girls Rally" began around 1 p.m.
Sixteen-year-old Oyindamola Alaka moved to Canada from Nigeria two years ago.
She said the abduction events scare her since she's the same age as the girls that were kidnapped.
"I feel like it could have been me, it could have been my siblings," Alaka said. "It could have been any one of my loved ones, and that's why I'm here today to make sure they get home.”
Eight-year old Abby Akinbolaji came with her family and echoed Alaka's sentiments.
"It's pretty sad. I don't know why some people would do this. It's not good thing"
The rally was one of many happening around the world calling for the school girls to be released.