Even though they were thousands of miles away, a crowd of supporters of nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by terrorists last month in Nigeria were confident Sunday’s rally at the Manitoba Legislature would help bring them home.
"A rally like this shows a sign of international commitment to what is happening in Nigeria. It gets the message out that the whole world is against the abductions," said Samson Oyeyiola, who moved from Nigeria to Winnipeg a year ago.
"Women should be given their rights of freedom in any part of the world."
Organizers asked attendees to wear red as they called on the Nigerian government to redouble its efforts to find the girls, who were taken from their schools by terrorist group Boko Haram last month.
The kidnappers have said they took the girls to protest Western education in Nigeria and that they were going to sell them as brides.