President Barack Obama says the U.S. will aid Nigeria as the country looks to find nearly 300 girls who were abducted from their school three weeks ago.
It comes as a video message released by their captors, believed to be the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, called the girls slaves and threatened to sell them.
Nigerians living in the city say the abductions are extremely upsetting, and want the U.S. and Nigerian governments to do whatever they can to find the girls.
"It's so sad and depressing. Like, any time I hear the news even now I don't even listen to news no more because it's so emotional, you know?" said one New Yorker.
"But this is a war. The government should go and fight war and bring back our children,” said another New Yorker.
Rallies have been held across the country in support of the girls, including in Washington D-C.
Members of Congress also held a moment of silence at the capitol.