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Nigerian Girls And Boko Haram

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The kidnapping of almost 300 Nigerian girls last month is one of those rare events where there is universal consensus. It is a horrible story. There is no other side to this story. There is no silver lining. There is no excuse. You do not steal children away from their families. You do not sell girls into sexual slavery. International figures from Barack Obama to Malala Yousafzai to Angelina Jolie have condemned the act.


So if the smartest, most powerful people on this planet from every political spectrum agree that the abduction of those girls is absolutely wrong, why is so little being done to find them? And why did it take so long for all of us to care? It’s only really within the last week that we’re hearing about this story, even though the girls were kidnapped about a month ago. All of this should lead us to ask a series of very disturbing questions, but ones we must be ready to ask if we are to truly resolve this type of terrorism.


Are the lives of 300 little black African girls so meaningless that we can’t be bothered to learn just one of their names? Why is it that when it came to the missing Malaysian airliner, several countries just jumped right in and got involved with the search, no questions asked? But when there’s the opportunity to save hundreds of little girls, the US, the UK, Canada and others only offer help and wait to be invited?


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