Tom Zulauf: Make rescue priority

May 9, 2014 

Regarding Nicholas Kristof’s May 6 column “ Girls deserve rescue effort”: War is not for the squeamish. Imagine our 15-year-old daughter, granddaughter, niece or sister being kidnapped and sold into forced marriage for the mere crime of attending school!

With so many atrocities being committed in distant lands like Afghanistan, Syria and Central African Republic, it’s easy to become desensitized to the related horror stories appearing daily. Kristof’s piece detailing the abduction of several hundred boarding school girls in Nigeria should serve as a wake-up call to our otherwise battle-weary emotions.

Addressing this same story, British Secretary William Hague said that using girls as the spoils of war and terrorism is “disgusting and immoral.” Obviously, Western nations cannot bear the burden of all world conflicts and have become overly involved in too many.

The current Nigerian crisis warrants our attention. The missing girls must be rescued and returned to their normal school lives. The terrorist group behind this travesty must be brought to justice.

While the Nigerian government appears unable to act, a hopeful coalition of U.S.-led allies will go the required distance.

Our own Reps. David Price and G.K. Butterfield should be praised for supporting the Global Partnership for Education as one such alliance.

Tom Zulauf

Chapel Hill

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