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Christian Suffering in a World of Suffering

David A. Sánchez, Ph.D. | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
David A. Sánchez, Ph.D.

Here I write pondering the exaltation of suffering in Christian scripture as a sign of future heavenly exaltation. What do I say to sufferers of other faith traditions? My suffering, our Christian suffering, is privileged?

Official: Nigeria's Military Knows Where Kidnapped Girls Are Being Held

AP | MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 07.26.2014 | World

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but fears using force to try to free the...

My Mother And My Heroes Were Muslim Women Who Supported Education for Girls

Khalil Demir | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Khalil Demir

When I think about how hard my mother worked to send me and my siblings to school, I know that these girls' mothers are working just as hard. I know it! Whether they have been to school or not, mothers know how essential education is for their daughters.

American Muslim Leaders Condemn Boko Haram

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.21.2014 | Religion

Today, Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Representative André Carson (D-In.) led American Muslim leaders in a call to Boko Haram leader Abub...


Robert J. Benz | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

So, what distinguishes the Nigerian schoolgirls and U.S. children at risk of being trafficked? Why has one group received so much attention and the other very little? Well, semantics may play a role in how we react to different groups of children that become victims of violence.

Overcoming Ordinary Terror

Gary Haugen | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Gary Haugen

It's been a month since more than 200 Nigerian girls were kidnapped from their school by the militant group Boko Haram. The world has since been watch...

The Political, Social and Cultural Context Behind the Abduction of the Girls from Chibok, Nigeria

Udoka Okafor | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Udoka Okafor

In Nigeria, over 10 million children are not receiving formal education, and a majority of these children are girls that live in the majority-Muslim North.

Women Deliver: Stand by Our Girls

Jill Sheffield | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Jill Sheffield

Going to school shouldn't have to be an act of bravery. Girls -- and boys -- should be able to attend schools free from discrimination, intimidation or threats to their safety. As Pakistani advocate

The Nigerian Government Should Be Held Accountable for Its Failure to Act

Rabbi Yaacov Behrman | Posted 07.15.2014 | World
Rabbi Yaacov Behrman

The international community needs to send a strong message to Nigerian officials: Your government and military will be held responsible for any harm that may befall these girls as a result of your failure to act in a timely manner.

Hunt For Missing Nigerian Girls 'Unlikely To Have Happy Ending'

Reuters | Posted 07.15.2014 | World

By Matthew Mpoke Bigg and Joe Brock ABUJA, May 15 (Reuters) - Nigeria's hunt for more than 200 abducted schoolgirls is not all that it...

Enough Is Enough

George Srour | Posted 07.14.2014 | Impact
George Srour

This current crisis sheds light on the sorry state of education -- a commodity whose importance is paid great lip service as its implementation in places where it is needed the most continues to suffer.

You Have To Watch This Nun Threaten To Punch Colbert In The Face

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 05.15.2014 | Comedy

No one would have blamed Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert if they had decided not to address the kidnapped Nigerian girls on their shows. There's nothin...

Let's Rescue All the World's Children Who've Been Kidnapped for Slavery

Free The Slaves | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Free The Slaves

So may the righteous anger over the Boko Haram crime inspire a renewed commitment to eradicating slavery. While we wait and hope for the rescue of the Nigerian girls, let us also mobilize on behalf of the millions who did not appear in the headlines.

When Hashtags #FAIL

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 07.13.2014 | Media
Melissa Schwartz

While our Twitter culture may be mocked by some, it is undeniable in its power.

Twitter Won't #BringBackOurGirls

Jesse Larner | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Jesse Larner

Sorry, but I have to say this: Am I the only left-leaning person who finds Michelle Obama's ‪#‎BringBackOurGirls‬ tweet to be smug, opportunistic and worse than useless?


The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 05.13.2014 | Comedy

Jon Stewart set Twitter on fire Monday night and into Tuesday morning with a message for Rush Limbaugh: #F*@KYOURUSH. Stewart featured a report o...

Bring Back All Our Girls

Maria Eitel | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Maria Eitel

If we cannot unleash the talent and potential of the 250 million adolescent girls living in poverty today, how will we end poverty tomorrow?

Understand The 'Law' Behind The Schoolgirl Kidnapping And Dare To Redefine It

Anver M. Emon, Ph.D. | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Anver M. Emon, Ph.D.

Instead of using hashtags or the military, what if we could debate with the Sultan or Boko Haram about what Sharia demands? What if we could ask them to reflect on how their definition of Sharia could be updated to reflect today's world? To ask such questions is not only to critically know and engage the Islamic tradition, but also to remove the monopoly that Boko Haram claims on defining what Sharia is for everyone.

Talking to My 10-Year-Old About the Kidnapping of Nigerian School Girls: #BringBackOurGirls

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Homa Sabet Tavangar

I had avoided the conversation, but I knew that I needed to say something. I wanted our fifth grader to know about the 270+ schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria, as it was so prominent in my thoughts for over a week, but I also didn't want to plant the fear of going to school into her head.

Boko Haram, Procol Harum, Blessings

Deborah Gale | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Deborah Gale

Three weeks ago, when the first news dribbled in about how 276 Nigerian schoolgirls had been abducted, as they slept, I felt a weak combination of sho...

Schools Are Not Weapons of War -- in Nigeria or Elsewhere

Gordon Brown | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

The Boko Haram pattern of behavior makes it all the more important that the safe schools initiative launched by Nigerian business leaders last week gets off the ground quickly. While Boko Haram are a small extremist faction with limited demographic reach, it will take a tougher approach to school security and safety to reassure girls' parents and teachers that their school in the northern states is safe enough to attend. That is why foreign governments are now offering financial support for security guards and for proper fortifications and security equipment to give any school threatened by a terrorist attack the best possible chance of surviving it intact.

Boko Haram's Terror Is Based on Thuggery, Not Islam

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Hibaaq Osman

Our collective silence has let down our daughters and enabled Boko Haram to take them like toys from a playground. It is their cruelty that created this crisis, but it is our complacency that has allowed it to continue.

#TalkAboutOurBoys: Why the Murder of 59 Schoolboys Should Matter To You

Cameron Conaway | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Cameron Conaway

In February of this year Boko Haram, the group responsible for kidnapping 276 Nigerian girls and threatening to sell them into slavery, walked into a boarding school in northeast Nigeria, separated the girls from the boys, and then murdered all 59 of the boys.

For Mothers in Mourning: A Solemn Prayer

Michael W. Waters | Posted 07.09.2014 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

I awoke one recent morning with an overwhelming sense of grief and anguish. My heart was unusually heavy, the cause for which I did not know. After some still moments, my mind soon returned to my bedtime reading.

Nigeria Agrees To International Security Summit On Boko Haram

AP | By SYLVIE CORBET | Posted 07.12.2014 | World

PARIS (AP) — A French official says Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has agreed to attend a security summit on Saturday in Paris to focus on the...