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Alicia Keys Organizes Solidarity Protest On The 6 Month Anniversary Of The Nigerian School Girl Kidnappings

It shocked the world when in April, 219 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants.

Six months later their story is in danger of being forgotten, so to mark the half-year anniversary of the incident, Alicia Keys organized a protest in front of the Nigerian consulate in New York on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old singer held a rally along with 30 women and raised awareness by holding several signs that read ‘We Are Here To Bring Back Our Girls Now.’

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Bring Back Our Girls: Alicia Keys organized a protest in front of the Nigerian consulate in New York on Tuesday to make the kidnapping of 219 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram

Bring Back Our Girls: Alicia Keys organized a protest in front of the Nigerian consulate in New York on Tuesday to make the kidnapping of 219 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram

Alicia and her band of protesters chanted ‘When do we want them? Now! Now! Alive!’ outside the consulate doors during the crowded lunch hour.

She was dressed in a black and white pullover, denim jeans and sported a black head wrap on her head as she stood front and center of the movement.

The pregnant star, who coincidentally was celebrating her son’s fourth birthday, was also joined by her producer husband Swizz Beatz.

The rally: Alicia held a protest during the crowded lunch hour

The 33-year-old singer held a rally along with 30 women raised awareness by holding several signs that read ‘We Are Here To Bring Back Our Girls Now’

The rally: Alicia held a protest during the crowded lunch hour

The rally: Alicia held a protest during the crowded lunch hour

Supportive spouse: The pregnant star was also joined by her producer husband Swizz Beatz

Supportive spouse: The pregnant star was also joined by her producer husband Swizz Beatz

‘Today is my son’s birthday and it is also making me stand in solidarity with all the mothers of the Chibok girls who have been abducted fo six months and are still missing,’ she said.

‘It is just outrageous that that’s going on,’ continued the mother-of-one. ‘Some people have even told me they’ve heard things about ‘there’s been progress,’ but there hasn’t been progress because the girls aren’t back.’

Adding: ‘So I think that we get mixed information. We don’t know, so we just have to keep being made aware of what’s happening.’

For the cause: Alicia and her band of protesters chanted 'When do we want them? Now! Now! Alive!' outside the consulate doors

For the cause: Alicia and her band of protesters chanted ‘When do we want them? Now! Now! Alive!’ outside the consulate doors

Her outfit: The pregnant star was dressed in a black and white pullover and sported a black head wrap on her head as she stood front and center of the movement

Her outfit: The pregnant star was dressed in a black and white pullover and sported a black head wrap on her head as she stood front and center of the movement

During the event: She told the Associated Press, 'I stand in solidarity with all the mothers of the Chibok girls who have been abducted fo six months and are still missing'

During the event: She told the Associated Press, ‘I stand in solidarity with all the mothers of the Chibok girls who have been abducted fo six months and are still missing’

The 15-time Grammy Award winner also took to her Twitter and Instagram pages to publicize the protest.

Along with the photo of the banner she used during the demonstration, she wrote on Instagram: ‘On my lil guys birthday I stand with the mothers of Chibok!!

‘We can’t ignore 6 months of this tragedy!! What if it was you or me? I want to remind you that in this darkness, your voice matters! Let’s do something about this.’

Also on Twitter, she shared a link to an online petition urging 2,000 of her followers to sign the document to bring back the schoolgirls.

'Let's do something about this': Alicia raised her voice for the cause

‘Let’s do something about this’: Alicia raised her voice for the cause

Reaching out to fans: Also on Twitter, she shared a link to an online petition urging 2,000 of her followers to sign the document to bring back the schoolgirls

Reaching out to fans: Also on Twitter, she shared a link to an online petition urging 2,000 of her followers to sign the document to bring back the schoolgirls

Across all platforms: On Instagram, Alicia wrote, 'We can't ignore 6 months of this tragedy!!'

Across all platforms: On Instagram, Alicia wrote, ‘We can’t ignore 6 months of this tragedy!!’

Alicia even penned a song titled We Are Here as an anthem for social justice.

The ballad, off her upcoming sixth studio album, shares the same name as a movement she launched in late September dedicated to supporting issues affecting women and children around the world.

She announced the We Are Here movement when she spoke at the UN Foundation’s Social Good Summit where she pledged $1m to the cause.

Leading by example: The 15-time Grammy winner announced the We Are Here movement when she spoke at the UN Foundation's Social Good Summit where she pledged $1m to the cause

Leading by example: The 15-time Grammy winner announced the We Are Here movement when she spoke at the UN Foundation’s Social Good Summit where she pledged $1m to the cause

Serious issue: In April, 219 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants
Source: Daily Mail
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