Marianas Variety

SAIPAN, CNMI (June 9, 2011) – The minute word of the children’s disappearance became public, the community rallied, participating in neighborhood surveys, poster production and distribution, vigils, reward contributions and media coverage. Nothing like this has happened before in this community.

No matter what is said of the CNMI leadership and the deterioration of the local government, the one clear and very positive statement in the commonwealth’s defense has been that it is a safe and good environment to raise children.

It is gratifying to see that the public response to such an emergency is in keeping with the high value given to the care of society’s most vulnerable group: children.

It is our hope — it is the community’s hope — that the entry of federal investigators will supplement local search efforts, which have been tireless, and lead to the safe recovery of the girls soon.

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