New Yorkers marched on the Nigerian Consulate Saturday to urge the government to step up efforts to find hundreds of kidnapped school girls. NY1's Erin Clarke filed the following report.
Thousands of miles from Nigeria, where more than 250 school girls were kidnapped by terrorist three weeks ago, New Yorkers marched.
"It breaks my heart that people think that it's OK in this day and age to steal a bunch of children," said one person at the march.
"We're supporting their rescue and don't want them to be involved with the sex trade, the slave trade, the human trafficking trade," said another.
The march, organized by Harlem4, started at Mount Morris Park and made its way to a rally across the street from the Nigerian consulate on East 44th Street, taking participants about six miles through the city in an effort to raise awareness about the girls' plight and urge international action.
The message was clear: while the incident happened on another continent, it is an issue that affects everyone worldwide.
"This is not a Nigerian thing. This is not an African thing. This is a human rights thing," said the Rev. Al Sharpton. "These are all of our girls."
"We don't want something of this nature to happen again, any part of the world," said one person at the march.
Coming together in solidarity is the only way, they said, to free the girls.
"We have to put pressure on those who would do something as dastardly, as horrible as abducting young girls," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
"If the pressure is on, my government, the United States government, that government has the power, has the ability of putting pressure on the appropriate counterparts in Nigeria to do the job," said Miamah Richards, financial officer with Kechie's Project.
That job is to bring the girls safely back home.