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Michelle Obama ‘heartbroken’, denounces kidnapping of Nigerian girls

Published:Saturday | May 10, 2014 | 12:29 PM

United States First Lady Michelle Obama says the mass kidnap of some 200 Nigerian schoolgirls is part of a wider pattern of threats and intimidation facing girls around the world who pursue an education.

The first lady says she and her husband US President Barack Obama are outraged and heartbroken over the April 14 incident.

The girls were taken from their school in Nigeria.

The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the abductions, saying they should not have been in school and should get married instead.

Speaking instead of her husband in the weekly presidential address, Obama said the abduction was not an isolated incident, but something that happens every day as girls around the world risk their lives to pursue their ambitions.


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