Today marks the first of a three-part series in the Collegian about problems in Uganda – just one of several countries overseas plagued by poverty, disease, political corruption and institutionalized rape and murder.
We have had plenty of problems at home in past years. Terrorism, war and natural disasters have upset Americans. We've had a great share of death and sorrow, compared to what we've been used to.
But we're lucky. Why?
We have the right to express discontent with our government at our slightest annoyance, and we have an exceptionally high standard of living.
We don't have roving bands of murderous, HIV-infectedHHhh soldiers raging through our neighborhoods, killing men and raping women. We aren't imprisoned or killed for aspiring beyond an elementary-school education.
In fact, our government pays for some of our college educations.
So whether these stories inspire you to help or make your problems seem just a little bit more manageable, we recommend you give them a read.
It should remind us all what a gift our freedom is.