Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined hundreds at a rally in support of bringing home 276 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped from their school on April 15.
Anna Klein, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, organized the rally in Baltimore Friday afternoon.
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“We just celebrated Holocaust Remembrance Day and then [I was] getting busy planning a Mother’s Day gather, I just stopped a felt, how can I go on with my life? Look what’s happening. Is that what happened 75 years ago?” Klein said.
Girls from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women made signs and wore shirts advancing the “Bring Our Girls Back” movement. Watch the video to see what they had to say.
“We call on the Nigerian government and the international community to take immediate action to help these young girls,” Rawlings-Blake said. The mayor wore red to match the hundreds in attendance.
Fourteen Baltimore schools or organizations contributed to the rally including: Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, Baltimore Jewish Council, CHANA Beth Tfiloh, Elijah Cummings Youth Program, Garrison Forest School, Girls Empowerment Mission, JCC of Greater Baltimore, Living Classrooms, Maryland/Nigeria Sister States Executive Committee, Maryland/Republic of Liberia Sister States Executive Committee, Maryvale Preparatory School, Park School and Roland Park Country School.
Supporters urged rally attendees to the a White House petition to work with the UN and the Nigerian government to bring home the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram .
“I think it starts with the world and especially our students standing up and saying we will not watch this happen.”