Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Boys & Girls Club in Owego held a rally to shed light on a major international issue.
Just last month, more than 200 girls were kidnapped by an Islamic Regime.
The regime's leader, Boko Haram, called the girls' pursuit of education a sin and stated that as the reason for their abduction.
He has since threatened to sell the kidnapped Nigerian girls.
Local Boys & Girls Club director Amanda Williams said this issue is not only a tragedy in Nigeria, but should be considered a tragedy in the U.S.
She wanted to educated the girls who attend the Owego Boys & Girls Club on this issue and remind them of freedoms taken for granted here everyday.
"These girls were taken from a school essentially because they were being educated," said Williams.
"We are about empowering these children to make a difference in their community, in their world, and that was stripped form these [Nigerian] girls," added Williams.
The Owego Boys & Girls Club said this rally was the first 'Bring Back Our Girls' Rally in Upstate New York.
They hope people will gather for more of these rallies.