Nigerian community in Windsor holds vigil for kidnapped girls

The Nigerian community in Windsor is trying to draw attention to the abduction of more than 200 girls from a school in Nigeria.

More than 100 Windsorites attended a vigil at All Saints Church Monday night

Residents gather at All Saints Anglican Church to draw attention to kidnapped girls in Nigeria. (Lisa Xing/CBC News)

The Nigerian community in Windsor is trying to draw attention to the abduction of almost 300 girls from a school in northern Nigeria a month ago.

Monday evening, the Nigerian Canadian Organization of Windsor held a public vigil for the girls that drew about 100 Windsorites to All Saints Anglican Church.

Kenny Gbadebo organized the vigil and is president of the African Community Organization of Windsor.

"To let the world know that Windsor is doing its part to be able to bring about change," he said, explaining why he held the event. "This is an international effort, a collective effort to bring about change and to make sure those girls are free."

Elizabeth Ikpong attended the vigil. Most of her family is back home, including her parents. 

She said she worries for their safety, especially with the abductions, which is just the latest in a string of violent attacks made by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

"When the phone rings and when you see the number from your country and your heart skips several beats before you even pick the phone because you don't know what news you'll hear at the other side of the telephone, it's very scary," she said.

Last week, the Canadian government offered surveillance equipment and expertise to help Nigeria's efforts in locating and rescue the kidnapped girls.