Kerry pledges U.S. help to find, return kidnapped Nigerian girls

| Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7:54 p.m.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday pledged U.S. help in finding and returning hundreds of Nigerian girls abducted by militants more than two weeks ago.

“The kidnapping of hundreds of children by Boko Haram is an unconscionable crime,” Kerry told members of the Addis Ababa diplomatic corps and the Young Africa leader network. “We will do everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these young women to their homes and hold the perpetrators to justice.”

Nigerian authorities said more than 250 girls are missing as a result of the mass abduction of teenagers from schools on April 14.

Kerry outlined U.S. policy in Africa, urging Africans to demand stability and financial development.

He called for an expansion of American investment in Africa and noted that American companies IBM, Microsoft and Google have spent more than $100 million on projects across the continent.

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