Students rally for Nigerian sisters

Last updated 08:54 23/05/2014
MARION VAN DIJK/Nelson Mail

SPEAKING OUT: Nelson College for Girls students marched to the Church Steps as part of global action for the Nigerian students who were kidnapped by Boko Haram.

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Students from Nelson College for Girls say they have not forgotten their abducted Nigerian sisters, and it is important to keep rallying to bring the girls home.

About 270 girls marched from the gates of Nelson College for Girls to the Church Steps yesterday, as part of a global protest calling for action over the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria by terrorist group Boko Haram.

Head girl Emily Narbey and arts captain Ruby Batham organised and led the march of girls from year 7 to year 13. The students all wore red in solidarity with other marches across the world.

Ruby said the colour represented passion and anger, as well as the "blood of the victims" of Boko Haram.

The marchers held banners which said ‘Social Justice', ‘Bring Back Our Girls' and ‘Save Our Global Sisters'.

Emily said the march was important "as we are the only girls school in Nelson and we want to show our support for our global sisters and raise awareness. We are so privileged, we take education for granted whereas these girls are living in fear, we want an end to that fear."

Ruby stood at the bottom of the steps at the top of Trafalgar Street imploring passing cars and pedestrians to take and interest in the well-being of the kidnapped girls, and the millions around the world who did not have access to education.

"There are 600 million girls denied an education, you can't deny this is an issue, it is so important," she yelled into a megaphone.

She said the kidnapped girls were trying to get an education to better their lives and their country.

"The are the future of Nigeria, they are our future."

The march was part of global action of marches and rallies of people wanting to show solidarity with the kidnapped Nigerian students. Most events have been organised using social media.

Nigerian terrorist network Boko Haram kidnapped more than 300 students on April 14 when gunmen stormed a girls' school. Though 53 students managed to escape, more than a month on 276 girls remain unaccounted for.

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- The Nelson Mail

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