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Boko Haram Michelle Obama Nigerian Schoolgirls Kidnapping

US first lady condemns kidnapping

10 May, 2014

Speaking on the eve of Mother’s Day, Michelle Obama condemns the kidnapping in the White House weekly radio and Internet address.  She asks the nation to pray for the girls’ safe return and for their families.  She also notes that 65 million girls around the world aren’t in school and stresses the importance of education everywhere.

In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters. We see their hopes, their dreams and we can only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now.

This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education – grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls. Let us hold their families in our hearts during this very difficult time, and let us show just a fraction of their courage in fighting to give every girl on this planet the education that is her birthright

Weekly Address: The First Lady Marks Mother's Day and Speaks Out on the Tragic Kidnapping in Nigeria