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The Fruits and Roots of Terrorism: 5 Profiles of Children Who Cannot Attend School

The NYTimes ran heart-wrenching profiles of five Afghani children who will not be attending school this year. The main reason they cannot go is because they must work to earn money because they are separately poor or because one or both of their parents have died. Times writers opened their profiles with this:

When the first day of the new school year starts in Afghanistanon Thursday, 3.7 million boys and girls won’t be in attendance, because of increased violence, displacement and poverty. The total number — roughly one in three school-age Afghan children — is expected to grow this year as violence between Afghan forces and the Taliban intensifies, and Pakistan forces Afghan refugees to return home, according to Save the Children, an advocacy group.

If Afghanistan was the only nation with this problem it might be possible to bring the resources of the rest of the world to bear. But as anyone who follows the news realizes, the Syrian Civil War, the continuing unrest throughout the Middle East, the continuing narco-terrorism in Central America, the poverty that plagues developing countries in Africa, and the poverty in developed countries and newly emergent developed countries push millions if not billions of children out of school. While not all of the children who are unable to attend school are forced out because of terrorists, unschooled children is one consequence of terrorism. But more disturbing is the fact that children who are raised in poverty and know that others in the world have many more material goods and much more safety are ripe for the messages of terrorists: domestic terrorists and foreign terrorists alike.

Articles like this serve as a reminder that those of us with a roof over our heads, food in the pantry and refrigerator, and comfortable lives have much to be grateful for. In the global economy, we are the 1% and we need to be mindful of the resentments that we might create if we are self-congratulatory and smug about anything we have accomplished.

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