Nigerian Government Vows to Find Kidnapped Girls

The promise comes after the U.S. urges Nigeria to find the 300 girls kidnapped by Islamic extremists three weeks ago.
2:10 | 05/05/14

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Well, a major backlash on social media. People around the world are demanding more be done to rescue 276 schoolgirls abducted and then reportedly sold off as brides in Nigeria. ABC's Martha Raddatz tells us how the U.S. Government is getting involved. Martha, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, Amy. This was a breathtaking kidnapping. Those nearly 300 girls taken by armed men from their school dormitory in the middle of the night by islamic extremists who believe western education is a sin. With anguished parents pleading for international help and protesters around the world and here at home urging the Nigerian government to intensify its search, the president of Nigeria vowed overnight that those schoolgirls gone now for more than three weeks will be found. Wherever these girls are we'll get them out. Reporter: It comes as secretary of state John Kerry is touring Africa and pushing Nigeria to go after the kidnappers. The kidnapping of hundreds of children is an unconscionable crime and we will do everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these young women to their homes. Reporter: His predecessor, Hillary Clinton and celebrities like Mary J. Blige also bringing attention to the horrific abduction through social media with the #bringbackour girls, going viral on Twitter. The girls, aged 15 to 18, are likely part of a massive human trafficking operation sold into marriage for mere dollars. Despite the promises by Nigeria's president to intensify the search this morning, his wife reportedly ordered the arrest of the leaders of the protest against the kidnapping. It is also not clear what help the U.S. Will give but secretary Kerry says he will keep up the pressure and those parents, they chased after the abductors, Amy, who were armed with ak-47s using only bows and arrows and were forced to turn back. Heartbreaking story, Martha. Thank you for helping shed light on what is happening right now.

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