When the Nigerian government initiated the release of abducted schoolgirls from the terrorist group Boko Haram last February, one of the girls, the only Christian, was left behind because she refused to convert to Islam.
Last April, former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf spoke at Georgetown University. Asked to assess the state of African democracy, she also spoke about the United States. Her conclusion was optimistic.
To fight the twin plagues of instability and terrorism, America needs Africa to be healthier, freer, and more stable, and that means Africa needs more than just military equipment and military training from America.