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Rally held at Capitol to support Nigerian students

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A rally was held at the Texas Capitol Friday to show support for the Nigerian students who are being held captive by Islamic militants. With the Capitol grounds swarming with kids on school field trips, a small group stood on the south steps. There were there to show support for 276 school girls who were kidnapped last month in Nigeria.

Many of those at the rally are from Nigeria and with a group called, A Godsent Foundation. The group was created to support school children in Africa according to Dion Osagie who helped organize the rally.

"Creating awareness is a major way of letting people know what’s going on in Nigeria, coming from Nigeria- no one can truly understand the pain the citizens of Nigeria face,” said Osagie.

The mass kidnapping by Islamic militants spurred international outrage.

"Our interagency team is hitting the ground in Nigeria now," said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

U.S. Advisors have been sent, but the deployment of American troops has not been authorized. Osagie and many of those at the rally believe the job may require the use of Special Forces.

"I’d love that as long as the kidnappers are brought to justice, I would love that,” said Osagie.

Those at the capitol who spoke to FOX7 said they support using the military option.

“Why are we waiting?” asked Patty Brotherton.

There’s concern that the girls have been moved out of Nigeria. Despite that those at the rally continue to pray for a safe return. And for a day like this one where school children take field trips without fear.

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