Tenafly community supports Nigerian girls with local 'Bring Back Our Girls' rally

A New Jersey community has been brought together over a crisis happening thousands of miles away. Hundreds gathered in Tenafly Thursday in support of the

A New Jersey community has been brought together

A New Jersey community has been brought together over a crisis happening thousands of miles away. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

TENAFLY - A New Jersey community has been brought together over a crisis happening thousands of miles away.

Hundreds gathered in Tenafly Thursday in support of the kidnapped Nigerian school girls, but are also supporting one of their own.

Khuraira Musa has had a firsthand look at the crisis in Nigeria involving the missing girls. She founded a school in northern Nigeria and tried to visit recently, but was barred from traveling to the area due to efforts to find Boko Haram, the group that has taken credit for kidnapping hundreds of school children.

Musa returned home to her work as a makeup artist, but with one client the conversation turned to the girls, and Musa broke down, realizing the plight of the girls reaches beyond the borders of Nigeria. "I was a 16-year-old girl getting her makeup done, when there were these girls in Nigeria and we don't know where they are and we don't know what's happening to them," says Kianna Luscher.

Kianna and Musa's other clients rallied around the Muslim business owner.

It's a crisis a world away but one that everyone here wants to connect to. "I am so proud that we can be upstanders and not bystanders," says Sheryl Sarnak.

Musa says she is still committed to her school, where she donates a good segment of her earnings.

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