12 lives were lost in Paris France and while every life is important, why isnt the world standing up for Nigeria as well?
Nigeria has experienced one of the deadliest masacres in this world’s history, and while it was televised it certainly wasnt covered to the extent that the French terrorist attacks were covered.
2000 lives were lost at the hands of Boko Haram and according to the guardian:
“The human carnage perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in Baga was enormous,” Muhammad Abba Gava, a spokesman for poorly armed civilians in a defence group that fights Boko Haram told the Associated Press.
He said the civilian fighters gave up on trying to count all the bodies. “No one could attend to the corpses and even the seriously injured ones who may have died by now,” Gava said.
The attack was done on mostly women an children virtually eliminating the future of Nigeria with one solid blow.
Suleiman Dauda, 12, said he ran into the bushes with neighbours when extremists attacked his village, Askira Uba, near Yola last year.
I saw them kill my father, they slaughtered him like a ram. And up until now I don’t know where my mother is,” he told the Associated Press at Daware refugee camp in Yola.
What if we were born in that part of the world, would this be our fate, would we just be left alone to deal with terrorists because we are not part of the “West”.
I do not pretend to understand all of the intricacies of Nigerian politics because every country is different but I can see a distinct difference between how swift the world is when something happens in the West, and how we virtually ignored something that was the same, but much worse where lost lives were concerned.
“I am Charlie, but I am Baga too,” wrote Simon Allison for the Daily Maverick, a partner on the Guardian Africa network. “There are massacres and there are massacres” he said, arguing that “it may be the 21st century, but African lives are still deemed less newsworthy – and, by implication, less valuable – than western lives”.
We have to do our part and choose to spread the word, #PrayForNigeria is the hash tag, we need to tweet and comment as much as we cant to show solidarity with all parts of the world. Then we need to literally pray for the families destroyed and that something can be done about these terrorists.