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First Lady addresses kidnapping of Nigerian girls

LAGOS, Nigeria (CBS) -- It's been nearly a month since Islamic extremists took more than 270 girls from a Nigerian school.

Mothers of the kidnapped girls were recently seen weeping as they wait for any news about their missing daughters.

It's not clear if the kidnapped girls are still being held together or have been broken up into groups and taken to separate locations. Some girls who managed to escape are recounting how they did it.

"They threatened to shoot anyone who tried to escape. As the vehicle slowed down along the road I jumped down with my friend. We spent the night in the bush and trekked back to Chibok the next day," says one of the girls.

The pressure is on the Nigerian government to find the girls. Rallies were held in several U.S. cities on Saturday, and the First Lady used the President's Weekly Address to talk about the kidnapping.

"Barack has directed our government to do everything possible to support the Nigerian government's efforts to find these girls and bring them home," says Michelle Obama.

The First Lady gave the commencement address at Dillard University in Louisiana where the valedictorian is from Nigeria and went to a school similar to the kidnapped girls.

U.S. officials are in Nigeria helping with a rescue plan. Many are criticizing the Nigerian government for not accepting foreign help sooner.

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