I am grateful to be able to write this letter to you concerning the kidnapping of girls in Nigeria and the wars that continue throughout many developing nations. As a native of Sudan, I have read and will continue to read articles about these problems and the effects they have had on the children in those countries.

Corrupt governments and cruel rebels make it impossible for parents to see their children provided with even the most basic education.

About 2.8 million young Syrian refugees, now located in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt, are not allowed the most simple aspects of education. That is today. Yesterday it was Nigeria. Tomorrow, who knows?

The United States and other countries should put their resources into the protection and education of the children of these countries, instead of continuing to provide money and weapons to ignorant adults whose only goal is to gain wealth and power over the poor.

Roe Gasi

Portland