Michelle Obama 'Heartbroken' over kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls

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NBC News — First lady Michelle Obama made a rare appearance on her husband’s weekly address on Saturday to express her outrage over the recent kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls and link their disappearance to the issue of girls’ education worldwide.

“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,” Obama said in the address.

“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.”

“In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters,” she added. “And we can only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now.”

The girls’ families knew the dangers of sending their daughters to school, Obama said.

“But they took that risk because they believed in their daughters’ promise,” she said.

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