Sunday, 11 May 2014

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I see our daughters in Nigeria girls, says Michelle Obama

US first lady Michelle Obama took the rare step of delivering President Barack Obama’s weekly radio address to express outrage over the kidnapping of some 200 girls by Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria last month, and paid tributes to Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai’s ‘courageous’ struggle for girls’ education.

The first lady, delivering her first solo White House weekly address, said the abduction triggered a personal reaction from her and USPresident Barack Obama. ‘In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters,’ Michelle Obama said in a video released on Saturday. ‘We see their hopes, their dreams and we can only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now.’ Continue...

The first lady said in her remarks, broadcast the day before Mother’s Day, that 65 million girls around the world are not in school. She tied the kidnappings by the Boko Haram extremists to separate efforts to keep young women in other parts of the world out of school, including the shooting of Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan by the Taliban.

‘The courage and hope embodied by Malala and girls like her around the world should serve as a call to action,’ Mrs Obama said. ‘Like millions of people across the globe, my husband and I are outraged and heartbroken over the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school dormitory in the middle of the night. ’This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education - grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls.’ visit the link below to read more on what she has to say on

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