Nigerian communities in Texas look home in grief

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HOUSTON (AP) — Rallies and gatherings to assist Nigerians being attacked by Muslim extremists are being held in Dallas and Houston, where large immigrant populations are watching in horror the violence in their native country.

Pastor Michael Osifo recalls playing soccer until nightfall as a child in Nigeria. Augusta Ekong remembers sleeping in her boarding school bed, with no fear. That Nigeria is gone, they say, replaced with violence, bloodshed and fear.

Boko Haram, a Muslim extremist group, kidnapped 276 boarding school girls April 15. On Monday, they attacked a market in Gamboru. Estimates of the death toll range from 100 to 300.

Osifo gathered his congregants Friday in Sugar Land, Texas, to address the tragedy in his native land. Ekong is planning a rally Sunday in front of Dallas' City Hall.

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