Prayer service held for kidnapped Nigerian girls

CREATED May 8, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - In a small chapel on the campus of Mount Mary University, students and teachers pray.

More than 200 young girls have been abducted from their boarding school in Nigeria.

"It breaks my heart every time I turn on the news," said Chioma Ugochukwa.

The act of terrorism hits close to home for Nigerian native and Dean Ugochukwa.

"I know personally if something like that were to happen to my own kids, I would hope that people are praying, doing whatever they can."

And even though she is miles away from her homeland, she organized this prayer service. Just one of many acts of solidarity people have shown here in Milwaukee and around the world.

Members of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram have vowed to sell the girls into slavery.

"These terrorists are trying to undermine the education of women."

A sobering reminder of how far we have come as a country to allow all the opportunity to an education.