The measure of success in Northern Nigeria is whether civilians feel free from fear. Nigeria's sovereign government, with international partners lending their expertise, should be able not simply to clear the battlefield, but to satisfy the reasonable aspirations of the people to a secure and prosperous future. That could be a lesson for the rest of the world to learn.
The great hope is that they will return to their classes and spread the word. Hopefully those messages from Noor, Munira and Bushra, will eventually reach the very children preparing themselves to flee their loving, comfortable homes in Britain and head for a new life with Daesh. These Yazidi girls know the horrible truth of the fate that will befall anyone considering that move.
The world faces numerous problems but climate change is unmatched in its scope and how indiscriminately it affects people regardless of faith, creed or colour. If even those living on the edge of war in the Middle East can see the need for serious action then maybe it's time for us to use our voice and help them.
It is as easy to insist on a political settlement in Syria or in Libya as it is to talk of crushing ISIS. In Syria and Iraq, ISIS gives every indication of denying the legitimacy of compromise, so the concept of settlement would be out of bounds. In Libya, where ISIS is present but far from dominant, there could (and, for their own self-interest, should) be more possibility of arriving at an initial settlement between the Dawn and Dignity rivals.
The UN is predicting that by the end of this year almost 10million people in Iraq will be in urgent need of help... Already, 1.3million children have been torn from their homes and more than three million do not have access to quality education. Children face danger on a daily basis and have witnessed unspeakable cruelties. Girls have fallen victim to enslavement and sexual violence. Children have been used as suicide bombers and as human shields. Most are living without physical protection, psychosocial support, and basic services.