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Lowery calls for release of Nigerian girls at vigil

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Dr. Joseph E. Lowery joined a crowd at the Central United Methodist Church in Atlanta to call for the release of more than 250 Nigerian girls. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery joined a crowd at the Central United Methodist Church in Atlanta to call for the release of more than 250 Nigerian girls.
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Dr. Joseph E. Lowery joined a crowd at the Central United Methodist Church in Atlanta to call for the release of more than 250 Nigerian girls.

"They are barbarians," said Lowery, referring to the captors.

On April 14, hundreds of armed militants stormed the Chibok Government Secondary Girls School, located in a remote area in northeastern Nigeria, and forced more than 300 school girls into trucks, set fire to a room in the school and drove into the forest. About 50 of the girls managed to escape their captors, identified as members of Boko Haram, an Islamist extremist group that has killed thousands of people during violent attacks in recent years.

"They have no right to put a finger on these girls," said Lowery.

Lowery said America could do more to help the girls.

"I hope that we'll put more pressure on the government of Nigeria so that they'll call us to come and ask us to help," said Lowery.

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