NYACK - Dozens gathered at Nyack Memorial Park yesterday to pray for the girls who were kidnapped in Nigeria.
The rally was the idea of one woman whose heart went out to the hundreds of suffering mothers in Nigeria without their daughters on Mother’s Day "My heart breaks for these mothers all over the world. Our hearts are broken," says organizer Terry Kayden.
Today, a new video from Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network purports to show dozens of the abducted schoolgirls, covered in jihab and praying in Arabic. It is the first public sight of the girls since more than 300 were kidnapped from a northeastern school the night of April 14 - exactly four weeks ago.
Families have said most girls abducted are Christians but the about 100 shown under a tree in the video recite Muslim prayers in Arabic. Many are barefoot. Some appear fearful, others desolate.
Fifty-three escaped by themselves and 276 are missing, police say.
The mass abductions and failure of Nigeria's government and military to rescue them has aroused national and international outrage. Last week, Nigeria belatedly accepted offers of help from the United States, Britain and others. AP wires were used in this report
For more from a Nigerian culture expert on the kidnappings, watch the clip to the left or go to News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.