PORTLAND – Ralliers chanted in support of the nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls at the 'BringBackOurGirls' event Wednesday night in Pioneer Square.
The girls were abducted from a school by militant group Boko Haram in April. Since then, many countries including the U.S. have been trying to help get the girls back, and people from around the world have been rallying in support of the victims.
Wednesday’s rally demonstrated "support for the girls’ families, provide information about the girls’ plight and provide solidarity with the growing number of international leaders and organizations working to find these young victims of terrorism,” said rally organizer Sue Gemmell.
The event included speakers from Oregon and Southwest Washington’s Nigerian communities, officials from organizations working to end human trafficking, local officials and poetry readings.
“We want the girls brought safely to their homes,” said Vitalis Ogbeama, one of the event’s speakers and president of the Nigerian Community of Oregon and SW Washington.
Wednesday's event in Portland is just one of many rallies held across the world titled BringBackOurGirls.