Lawmakers meet Boko Haram survivor

Lawmakers meet Boko Haram survivor

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Supporters calling for the release of schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists protest outside the Nigerian embassy on May 17, 2014 in London, England. A security summit has opened today in Paris to discuss the threat from Boko Harem.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on May 21, 2014 at 9:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- A Nigerian girl who saw Islamic extremists kill her father and brother has met with members of Congress.

Fifteen-year-old Deborah Peter says Boko Haram gunmen came to their home in Nigeria in November 2011 because her father was a Christian minister. She says they gave her father a chance to renounce his faith, killed him when he refused, and then fatally shot her 14-year-old brother.

Peter, who moved to Virginia last year, met with lawmakers and reporters before a House hearing on Boko Haram and its kidnapping of 276 Nigerian school girls.

New York Democrat Gregory Meeks says if the girls can be rescued, their Boko Haram captors should be killed, by drones if necessary.

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