Locals rally for missing Nigerian girls

By Alicia Nieves

May 18, 2014 Updated May 18, 2014 at 7:53 PM EDT

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.

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