Charity Watch: The Children's Crusade

How fourth- and fifth-graders in Colorado are buying the freedom of slaves in a faraway land

Barb Vogel's fifth-graders had just been through the Civil War. She had led her 27 pupils through tales of slavery and oppression, struggle and emancipation and how all of it changed America so long ago. But on a February day earlier this year, the class at Highline Community School in Aurora, Colo., listened in shock as their teacher read a newspaper story about a country in Africa called Sudan and the thousands and thousands of people, mostly women and children, who were being traded as slaves there. Recalls Vogel: "There was terror and disbelief in their little eyes." Says Brad Morris,...

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