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Tackling the terror of the bomb girls

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The terrible attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices and subsequent events in France have diminished the impact of one of the most terrifying events that have occurred in the world in recent years: the use of girls as suicide bombers by the Boko Haram criminals in Nigeria.

This terrorist group not only kidnapped nearly 300 girls last spring, who have yet to be released; not only does it sell its captives or use them as sex slaves; not only did it indiscriminately kill thousands of people in a single attack; now, it has gone as far as using girls as a weapon of war. Three girls, one of whom was only ten years of age, have detonated explosives attached to their bodies in two consecutive attacks in public places, killing at least 25 people.

What could be more terrible? If we are sickened by seeing child soldiers, as indeed we are, how are we supposed to feel and react when a small ten-year old girl is turned into an instrument of sheer...

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