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The kidnapping crisis in Nigeria strikes close to home for several Cameron University students

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LAWTON, Okla._The kidnapping crisis in Nigeria strikes close to home for several Cameron University students.

The Nigerian Student Association at Cameron University boasts nearly 100 students, and is the largest minority group on campus. The terrorists behind the kidnappings and violence are opposed to western influences in Nigeria, specifically western education, making the crisis particularly hard for Nigerians who are benefiting from those influences here.

"It's worse for you to imagine and sit here and hear this news that a friend or sibling or someone close to your heart. For you to watch that happen and know that you can't do anything what so ever to help," says Cameron University student, Ekanem Ekpenyoung.

Ekpenyong says she is devastated, scared and traumatized by the fact that so many girls could be kidnapped by terrorists.

"I have family back home, I have friends all over, so it really worries me because I'm like, America is not my home. I need to know that where I go is safe, that it's safe for me, my family and for me children in the future," said Ekpenyoung.

Another student from Nigeria says the situation is heartbreaking.

"I'm sympathizing with the families and people that were directly affected with this. And I'm also appreciative that the whole world is coming together to put this problem away," said Cameron University student, Waheed Gbadamosi.

The organization’s president, Dere Ayansola says this hit even closer to home for him because he went to boarding school in Nigeria when he was younger.

"It reminding me of when I was back in high school living in the dorms, where you are sleeping at night. You have people banging on the doors with guns and was heartbreaking," said Ayansola.

Ayansola says it's sad that it took social media for the story to get out. he also says his country's president is to blame. The kidnappings happened in the northern part of the country. The students say though they are from the southern part of Nigeria where they say nothing like this has ever happened in their lifetime, they all say it still affects them.

"Nigeria is my country, it's my pride, my joy. And if it's not in peace, I'm not in peace either. Even though I'm far from there, it breaks my hearts," said Ayansola.

Nigerian police announced today they will be offering a $300,000 reward for credible information that will help find and rescue the girls.

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