Vigil for missing girls draws 200

  • Friday, May 23, 2014

A.M. Sheehan/South Strand News Participants in a prayer vigil for the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, quietly light their candles Tuesday evening at the Bethel AME Church.

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Five weeks ago armed men in uniforms burst into the dormitories of a boarding school in Nigeria shouting ‘Allahu Akhbar’ (God is great), hustled 300 young girls into the 70 some odd vehicles outside and set the school on fire.

Today, more than 250 of those girls are still missing.

The kidnappings were claimed by Boko Haram, an Islamic Jihadist and Takfiri terrorist organization based in northeast Nigeria that is fighting western education.

Tuesday night, the Mu Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority organized a prayer vigil at the Bethel AME Church in Georgetown.

More than 200 men, women and children came to offer prayers for the girls’ safe return to their families.

Wanda B. Linnen, president of the chapter, addressed the gathering noting that the sorority is active through its international programs fighting human trafficking and bringing an awareness to the issue on an international level.

“We are sending a strong message that the lives of all girls are valued and their quest for education and access to education merits global support.”

The vigil included a presentation on the state of affairs in Nigeria, hymns and prayers and culminated with the lighting of candles as the congregants processed outside to the parking lot.

The parking lot was lined with luminaries, each bearing the name of a kidnapped child.

Area pastors and ministers each gave a prayer for the girls.

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