‘Bring back our girls!’ Brooklyn vigil for kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls
Drums echo across Downtown Brooklyn
“Something terrible has happened,” sang the young members of the New York African Chorus Ensemble. “Find my sister, find my brother . . . cry for the land.”
Those wrenching words of a traditional African lament expressed the fears of those gathered Sunday night at a Brooklyn Borough Hall vigil for nearly 300 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls.
Leaders of many faiths joined educators and officials to pray in several languages for the safe return of the girls. Their prayers were punctuated by the insistent beat of drums, which echoed across Borough Hall Plaza in Downtown Brooklyn.
Islamic militants attacked the girls’ school in Chibok, Nigeria during the night of April 14. According to AP reports, the Boko Haram terrorist group is threatening to sell the girls into slavery. Some may have already been carried into other countries.