May 6 - Nigeria's First Lady breaks down in tears during a meeting about abducted schoolgirls as protesters take to streets and the U.S. offers assistance. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Nigeria's First Lady, Patience Jonathan, is engulfed in tears as she chairs a meeting about hundreds of abducted school girls. On the streets of Abuja they continue to call for their return amid reports that eight more girls were taken in northeastern Nigeria overnight. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT, AFRICAN WOMEN AGRIBUSINESS NETWORK, YASMIN OTHMAN, SAYING: "We want our girls back now, now. We are not interested in any story." More than 200 other schoolgirls were kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram last month -- They are now threatening to sell them into slavery. The military's inability to find the girls also sparked protests in Washington D.C. where there are calls for action outside the Nigerian embassy. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says the U.S. is offering help. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN JEN PSAKI SAYING: "The President has directed that we -- the Secretary and the State Department do everything we can to help the Nigerian Government find and free these young women." The kidnappings have shocked a country long accustomed to violence. They have also embarrassed the government before a World Economic Forum meeting on Africa, the annual gathering of the wealthy and powerful in Abuja from May 7-9.