Published On: Mon, May 12th, 2014 on 9:31 pm

Bradford vigil highlights plight of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls

Bradford Nigerian Schoolgirl Vigil
Bradford Nigerian Schoolgirl Vigil
Bradford Nigerian Schoolgirl Vigil
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Over 100 people have attended a vigil for the schoolgirls who are being held captive by militants in Nigeria.

The vigil, organised by Bradford Women For Peace, was held to highlight their plight and call upon the world to take action.

The schoolgirls – over 200 of them – were taken from their school in Chibok on 14 April by militant group Boko Haram, who have claimed responsibility for the kidnappings.

Chair of Bradford District Women’s Forum and member of Bradford Women for Peace, Liz Firth, told the Yorkshire Standard: “We’ve held the vigil for the missing girls in Nigeria.

“We wanted to show our solidarity with those girls in particular, but also women who have been victims of violence and sexual violence around the world.”

Held in the city centre, many of the attendees who turned up dressed in red and held up signs. Songs were also sung and speeches were made by members of the community.

Ms Firth added: “Someone told me well over 100 people came, and the vigil was organised in a week, so it felt really good. Bradford gets a lot of bad press, but actually, we are a community that truly respond and come together.”

In Leeds, a similar vigil was held by the Leeds No Borders group outside the Leeds Art Gallery.

They gathered to show their support for the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign and called on the Nigerian government to find the girls as soon as possible.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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