Campaigners hold five-minute silence for kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls in Victoria Square

This Is Lancashire: Students Bethany Southern, aged 17, Hannah Khan, aged 18, and 21-year-old Sarah Khan show support Students Bethany Southern, aged 17, Hannah Khan, aged 18, and 21-year-old Sarah Khan show support

CAMPAIGNERS held a five-minute silence in Victoria Square to raise awareness of the plight of the 200 kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria.

A group from Bolton Sixth Form College held a vigil in solidarity with the girls, who were taken from their boarding school in April by the militant Islamic group Boko Haram.

Sharon Marshall, a senior tutor at the college, organised the mini demonstration in addition to asking all the students to wear red on Friday to show their support for the #bringbackourgirls campaign.

She said: “It’s a human rights issue — it’s not about flags or countries, this is about the right for girls to have an education.

“I felt it was important to tell students about the situation — once people heard they have become really passionate about it and they wanted to make a stand.”

Westhoughton A-Level student Bethany Southern designed the posters for the event.

She said: “I don’t think anyone could dream of something like this even happening.

“If it happened in this country there would be outrage — and it shouldn’t be happening anywhere.”

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10:57am Tue 13 May 14

Chrome1 says...

Your campaign won't #bringbackourgirls. It's just another covert attempt by the West to meddle in African affairs. Nigeria is an oil rich nation, so go figure. It has its own democracy. Don't be condescending; let them deal with it.
Your campaign won't #bringbackourgirls. It's just another covert attempt by the West to meddle in African affairs. Nigeria is an oil rich nation, so go figure. It has its own democracy. Don't be condescending; let them deal with it. Chrome1
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6:16pm Tue 13 May 14

lv8151 says...

They kidnapped the girls in the name of Allah to justify their shameful act (according to the kidnappers as shown on the video release) and the Muslim world is yet to act ..... maybe now the muslim world can stand up for these girls and sort it out before it goes any further
They kidnapped the girls in the name of Allah to justify their shameful act (according to the kidnappers as shown on the video release) and the Muslim world is yet to act ..... maybe now the muslim world can stand up for these girls and sort it out before it goes any further lv8151
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10:19pm Tue 13 May 14

Citizen Cane says...

Agreed -it is Islamic extremists who have done this, so muslims must sort it to avoid accusations of a crusade
Agreed -it is Islamic extremists who have done this, so muslims must sort it to avoid accusations of a crusade Citizen Cane
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