I doubt that the kidnappers will get this or care. That speaks of their alienation from our time and vision. They fail to see the present as an arc to the future.
May 8, 2014 –
Editor’s note: Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
(CNN) — I think of myself as an “impatient optimist.” There are times, however, when it’s harder to muster the optimism, and the impatience takes over. That’s how I felt when I read about the hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the extremist group Boko Haram to be married off or sold into slavery.
It’s difficult to pinpoint the worst aspect of this atrocity. And it’s pitiful that this is nothing new. Treating women as spoils or weapons of war has been a common practice for thousands of years.
… perhaps the most awful part of the story is that Boko Haram stands against a better future for ordinary Nigerians.