Residents hold rally in East Flatbush over Nigerian girls kidnapped from boarding school

Organizers say they purposely invited young girls who are around the age of those kidnapped to the event. (5/17/14)

BROOKLYN - Brooklyn community members made a call for justice over the nearly 300 Nigerian girls that were kidnapped last month from a boarding school by militant group Boko Haram.

A group of residents and business owners gathered near Utica and Church avenues Saturday in East Flatbush for a rally. Organizers say they purposely invited young girls who are around the age of those kidnapped to the event. The girls held signs that read, "It could be me, it could be us."

Devin Tyson, of East New York, says she sees herself in the missing girls, even though they were taken thousands of miles away. After rallying, the group marched from Utica Avenue to Eastern Parkway, hoping other Brooklyn residents would hear their cries and understand the dire situation that has yet to be resolved.

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