NAACP organizes candlelight vigil for kidnapped Nigerians


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The Islamist group Boko Haram — which, and I'm not kidding, means "Western education is a sin" — is apparently warring against Nigeria's civilians in an attempt to make the country an Islamic state. In February, gunmen shot and burned 59 boarding-school students, and on April 15 kidnapped some 300 teenage girls ostensibly so that they could be sold into sexual slavery. (Some 50 have escaped.)

It's the latest in a mind-boggling rash of kidnappings in the country — 2,285 in the first four months of 2014 alone, writes FiveThirtyEight. "Whichever way we look at it, the latest rise in kidnappings in Nigeria seems historically significant."

The government's poor response — Nigeria's president took three weeks to even address the crisis — has left parents and supporters with little to do, except for events like tomorrow's. So, at 7:30 p.m. at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, the local chapter NAACP State Conference invites all comers to attend a candlelight vigil for the kidnapped children.

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