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As Boko Haram Kills 2,000 in Nigeria Attack, African Religious Leader Asks Why There’s No Response Akin to Paris Mourning

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During the midst of the Alqaeda attacks in Yemen and Paris we tweeted about Boko Haram‘s slaughter in Nigeria and the fact that it was receiving far less attention despite its horrific scale. As previous articles on Africa, including Ilisha’s series have made clear the most obvious explanation is that the lives of Africans and non-Westerners in general is valued far less. There are multi-faceted reasons for this, among them are the complicity of Western governments due to their own interests, legacy of colonialism and neo-Colonialist policy towards Africa.

Last month, Dorado reposted a report on the new Emir of Kano calling on Nigerians to arm themselves against BH. Recently, BH has also been defeated by the Cameroon army, who killed 143 of their fighters who tried to attack a village.

What BH is and who supports them is a matter of controversy and there is evidence for worldwide and regional intrigue that has led to the destabilization of Northern Nigeria and the horrific atrocities we have witnessed over the past few years.

In all of this Archbishop Kaigama makes an important point:

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As the world mourns the vicious massacres in Paris, one of Africa’s top religious leaders suggested that the lack of a similar outcry across the globe over the slaughter of up to 2,000 people by Boko Haram last week in northeast Nigeria is further evidence that Black lives don’t matter as much as whites’.

Ignatius Kaigama, the Catholic Archbishop of Jos and president of the Nigerian Bishops Conference, said the international community has expressed “solidarity,” but hasn’t done much to offer real help.

“We have always said that there should be concern expressed more concretely by the West beyond just expressing their solidarity,” Kaigama said. “They should do more than that. Compare what has happened in Paris and what is happening here. There is a great difference.”

According to Amnesty International, most of the people killed in Baga and the surrounding villages were women, children and the elderly, who were not able to flee in time. Reports say that the villages are overwhelmed with dead bodies lying as far as the eye could see. Amnesty International said it was the deadliest massacre Boko Haram has staged in the years of its murderous reign.

In addition to the dead, another 30,000 people are thought to have fled their homes, with about 7,500 seeking sanctuary in Chad and the rest adding to the tens of thousands of displaced people already scattered throughout that region of Nigeria.

On Twitter, Imad Mesdoua, a political analyst at consultants Africa Matters, said, “No breaking news cycle, no live reports, no international outrage, no hashtags,” while actress Mia Farrow and Stephanie Hancock of Human Rights Watch pointed out that there had been “no outrage or headlines” about the Nigerian slaughter.

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  • syed ali

    You are right Friend of Bosnia, it is our duty as Muslims to try and make these Terrorists back into Muslims and sane.

  • syed ali

    I agree this should get attention, but what about more attention for the ethno-religious genocide of Palestinians? or Rohingya in Burma

  • Friend of Bosnia

    That’s not a valid comparison. Do you mean to say that ALL Muslims are criminals? Thsat Islam is criminal by nature?

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  • Lex

    look they are evil scum , i dont think there is conspiracy beyond isis, there exists plenty of violent groups across the world without a grand conspiracy behind them, los zetas in mexico is more powerful then farc and is so violent that it makes isis look like fluffy kittens (they skin people alive, castrate them, and then behead them)

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=afc_1379584750 WARNING DONT CLICK IF YOUR SQUMISH, ITS A picture of a victim of zetas

  • Bruno Coro Niembro

    Jimbo my man! Since you rave about freedom of speech, can you share with us your opinion of redneck about the firing of a Charlie editor who drawed a satirical cartoon about Judaism??

    I’m waiting Jimbo!!!

  • Amie

    So true. They seem to have a similar/same script to their public life story: a. been good boys and girls at some point, b. got troubled in some way or experienced something, c. then they “found” Islam and d. “Islam” turned the to terrorists. And people buy this fake storyline because what are people to think? There is a bunch of people screaming “Allahu Akbar” going around killing people. Sometimes I do not blame non-Muslims for feeling fear and suspicions because violence gives birth to that. It is just sad that some people do not allow us the time to explain and to say that we do not condone violence, that our religion does not preach hatred and murder, that we can coexist with others like we have for many years/centuries.

  • Amie

    I do not mind, brother. Thank you for those ayats. It helps to find solace in God’s Words when the world seems such a dark, scary place. You are such a kind person! Thank you, may Allah SWT bless you, your family, friends and all your people too, brother!

  • Amie

    You might be right. ISIS, for example, is not threatening Saudi Arabia, Jordan or places like that (at least I have not heard about it on the news). Perhaps because ISIS narrow-minded approach to Islam is very much similar to what the Saudi dynasty does too. I was watching a video on you tube about the ISIS black flag and it is weird that the middle of the flag is like a full moon, with words: Allah, Muhammad (and forgot what the third word is). No where have I heard proclamation of faith to sound like that, but ok. I am surprised that the ISIS has so much capability as they show to have. Who is it that funds them, why, and what does ISIS actually mean for Muslims and non-Muslims alike? This mercenary army is brutal, nonhuman in its treatment of anyone they perceive as infidel, including Muslims who may not fit into their description of what a Muslims should be. How do Muslim deal with this threat? I do not know. How does this mercenary army get to recruit people over seas is beyond my ability to understand. Supposedly, the technologically advanced West is unable to trace their footprints and then we get attacks like it just happened in Paris? How is that possible?! Who are they working for?! As Muslims we must do a better job exposing these frauds. Especially Arab Muslims because it is the Arab Muslims that might end up paying the ultimate price because of these monsters.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Yes, as I explained to Amie they can be compared to the FARC. It would be interetsting to expose those who finance the FARC.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    It must indeed be so. Their fighters are well paid and well cared for. Can they be compared to the FARC of Colombia? I think they can. And teh FARC aren’t freedom fighters either, they are paid by the drug cartels to make trouble.
    What is true is that young criminals often get radicalized in jail. It’s true what Heinlein once said, that criminals are made only worse by being put in jail.

    Those who committede the Madrd attempts and those who now did the attempts in Paris are all former jail inmates and petty criminals.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Maybe you can find some solace in this:
    بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
    وَالْعَصْرِ
    .إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ

    .إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ

    (103.1 . By the declining day ,

    103.2 . Lo! man is in a state of loss ,

    103.3 . Save those who believe and do good works ,
    and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to endurance .)

    Don’t dive in to despair. You are all right, you have done no wrong, you have gone through great sufferin, sister. (If I may call you sister)g, I know, and you will be rewarded. In this life and in the next.

    May Allah swt bless you, sister.
    (if you don’t mind)

  • downwithpants

    I didn’t know krill had opinions.

  • Amie, they are indeed paid mercenaries that are killing predominantly Muslims of any type (and not a specific type as the Islamophobes would want the world to believe). The shahada on their flag is a sham and is meant to deceive people. I am curious to know why any Muslim country’s intelligence doesn’t ever point out the contradictions in the western intelligence. It’s obvious why the West pins it on Islam since it suits them to make Islam the bogeyman when they have to invade these lands and kill the locals. It suits Israel to make Islam the bogeyman so that they continue to steal and occupy. But why do the intelligence of Islamic countries stay silent? The only answer that comes to me is that they are either in adept, indifferent or complicit (in hiding the crimes since they have their own dictatorships to save). Unfortunate!

  • Amie

    I keep asking God SWT why does He allow demons to demonize His Truth because BH, ISIS and such are NOT true Muslims! If they were they would know that the evil deeds they commit are NOT Islam! Somewhere I read recently: “When you experience tests and ask God to answer you, yet He is silent, remember that the teacher is always silent during the testing time.” Fine, if that is so, I will keep trying to understand, but it bugs me a lot. It bugs me to know that someone hijacked my people around the globe and wants to destroy the whole world, including Muslims.

  • Amie

    Anyone in their right cannot be indifferent to what BH is doing and in regards to the most recent terrorism they perpetrated. My heart broke to pieces when images were shown: I cannot imagine what those victims endured, the fear, the pain, the torture! Their murderers, in my eyes, are not humans but demons in disguise and must be destroyed.Who destroys them, I do not care, but BH must be stopped ASAP!

  • Amie

    I believe that factions like Boko Haram, ISIS and similar are paid mercenaries that have become very popular around the world. Men who have received military training of some sort are stating that they earn ridiculous amount of money from private military organizations that are paid by foreign and domestic governments to perform certain tasks. There is no doubt in my mind that the terrorist organizations we see today are part of the global mercenary army. It can explain their quick rise, their brutality and the ability to fund terror events, purchase guns, trucks, etc. http://www.economist.com/news/international/21566625-business-private-armies-not-only-growing-changing-shape-bullets-hire These private mercenaries claim to be employed to do good. Well, in the corrupt systems money talks. Who is to say that these mercenary armies are not employed to advance political ideologies?

  • mindy1

    *sigh*

  • JD

    Tens of thousands of Muslims flee Christian militias in Central African Republic

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/tens-of-thousands-of-muslims-flee-christian-militias-in-central-african-republic/2014/02/07/5a1adbb2-9032-11e3-84e1-27626c5ef5fb_story.html

    BANGUI, Central African Republic –
    Tens of thousands of Muslims are fleeing to neighboring countries by
    plane and truck as Christian militias stage brutal attacks, shattering
    the social fabric of this war-ravaged nation.

    In towns and
    villages as well as here in the capital, Christian vigilantes wielding
    machetes have killed scores of Muslims, who are a minority here, and
    burned and looted their houses and mosques in recent days, according to
    witnesses, aid agencies and peacekeepers. Tens of thousands of Muslims have fled their homes.

    The cycle of chaos is fast becoming one of the worst outbreaks of violence along Muslim-Christian fault lines in recent memory in sub-Saharan Africa, tensions that have also plagued countries such as Nigeria and Sudan.

    The brutalities began to escalate when the country’s first Muslim leader, Michel Djotodia,
    stepped down and went into exile last month. Djotodia, who had seized
    power in a coup last March, had been under pressure from regional
    leaders to resign. His departure was meant to bring stability to this
    poor country, but humanitarian and human rights workers say there is
    more violence now than at any time since the coup.

    “Civilians
    remain in constant fear for their lives and have been largely left to
    fend for themselves,” Martine Flokstra, emergency coordinator for the
    aid agency Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement Friday, adding
    that the violence had reached “extreme and unprecedented” levels.

    On
    Friday, thousands of Muslims hopped aboard trucks packed with their
    possessions, protected by soldiers from Chad, and drove out of Bangui,
    as Christians cheered their departures or tried to loot the trucks as
    they drove through Christian areas. At least one Muslim man, who fell
    from a truck, was killed by a mob. Meanwhile, thousands more Muslims
    huddled at the airport in a crowded hangar, waiting to be evacuated.

    “They
    are killing Muslims with knives,” said Muhammed Salih Yahya, 38, a
    shopkeeper, making a slitting motion across his throat. He arrived at
    the airport Wednesday from the western town of Yaloke with his wife and
    five children. “I built my house over two years, but the Christians
    destroyed it in minutes. I want to leave.”

    Christians have also
    been victims of violence, targeted by Muslims in this complex communal
    conflict that U.N. and humanitarian officials fear could implode into
    genocide. Several hundred thousand Christians remain in crowded, squalid
    camps, unable or too afraid to return home.

    But attacks on Muslims in particular are intensifying, aid workers said.

    Djotodia’s
    departure weakened the former Muslim rebels, known as Seleka, who
    carried out deadly attacks on Christians after they grabbed power in
    March, prompting the birth of Christian militias called the anti-balaka,
    or “anti-machete” in the local Sango language. The armed vigilantes have used the power vacuum to step up assaults on Muslims.

    Now
    in disarray, the Seleka are no longer able to protect Muslims from the
    Christian vigilantes. The roughly 6,500 French and African troops
    authorized by the U.N. Security Council to intervene have been unable to
    stop the violence.

  • JD

    After Paris shooting, Irish say it’s time to finally ditch their blasphemy law

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/01/13/after-paris-shooting-irish-say-its-time-to-finally-ditch-their-blasphemy-law/

    After drawings of the Islamic prophet Muhammad led to killings at
    French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, a major European nation is
    facing renewed claims for an end to its own ban on blasphemy.

    One article published by the Irish Times newspaper,
    titled “Why a referendum on blasphemy is long overdue,” specifically
    cites the words of Charlie Hebdo editor Stéphane Charbonnier (a.k.a.
    “Charb”) as justification for an end to Ireland’s blasphemy laws. “Let’s
    repeal our blasphemy law if we really want to honor ‘Charlie,’ ” read a
    separate op-ed in the Irish Independent.

    Meanwhile, an
    online poll conducted in response to the Paris attacks by news Web site
    TheJournal.ie found 64 percent in favor of scrapping the laws as quickly as possible.

    The
    traditionally Catholic nation has a complicated legal history with
    blasphemy. The act of insulting religion is required to be prohibited
    by Article 40.6.1.i of
    the Irish constitution, yet in 1999, Ireland’s Supreme Court — when
    considering the case of a newspaper that had published a cartoon mocking
    the church — found that there was no legal definition of blasphemy for it to look to.

    In 2009, a new defamation law
    was adopted that included a definition of blasphemy and said it could
    be punished with a fine of up to 25,000 euros (almost $30,000).
    Blasphemy was hence defined as “publishing or uttering matter that is
    grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters sacred by any
    religion, thereby intentionally causing outrage among a substantial
    number of adherents of that religion, with some defenses permitted.”

    The new law and definition had been criticized by atheists and free
    speech advocates before they even went into force. Shortly before it
    passed, Michael Nugent, chairman of Atheist Ireland, argued that it “incentivizes outrage,” while Eoin O’Dell, a senior lecturer in law at Trinity College Dublin, later told The Post that it was “literally medieval.”

    “Under
    this proposed law,” Nugent wrote in 2009, “if a person expresses one
    belief about gods, and other people think that this insults a different
    belief about gods, then these people can become outraged, and this
    outrage can make it illegal for the first person to express his or her
    beliefs.”

    As blasphemy is prohibited by Ireland’s constitution,
    Irish lawmakers can only end the ban on it by referendum (a feature of
    the constitution known as the Bunreacht na hÉireann in Irish). After
    years of calls for a vote, the Fine Gael-Labor coalition government announced that a referendum would be held in 2015, yet campaigners have complained about the slow pace. Polls conducted in 2014 showed around half the electorate supports abolishing the law, with less than a fifth saying they supported it.

    While
    the practice is more common in the Middle East, Ireland is one of a
    small number of European nations that has a blasphemy law on the books
    (Germany and Denmark are two others), and as in those countries the law
    is not enforced anymore — the last known case in Ireland was in 1855.
    However, critics say these laws — in particular new ones like Ireland’s — embolden other nations with restrictive laws on religion.

  • Richard

    Actually, people (especially Africans) DO care about African lives, and the Nigerian press is teaming with stories of Boko Haram atrocities and, more rarely, abuses by the state security forces. The lack of hashtags and trending stories outside Nigeria has more to do with the lack of photo-journalism than anything else. The fact that Western media have “fatigued” of the story in a country where journalism is difficult and dangerous, while paying rapt attention to terrorism in their own backyard, should hardly be surprising.

    Maybe some sub-conscious “racism” plays a role, and it is easy to spin up a narrative that asserts this. But there are many countervailing examples. The death of eight aboriginal children in Australia, for example, none of them white, has dominated Australian media for weeks, with an enormous outpouring of popular grief. The murder by the Pakistani Taliban of 132 school children, none of them white, was given extensive coverage all over the world.

    Meanwhile, in mostly pale-skinned Syria, at least 200,000 people have been killed in the past three years, 3/4 of them civilians, and even the Arab press now relegates new massacres, most committed by Asad forces but many perpetrated by ISIS, to below the fold. The only recent Syrian tragedy stories getting any ink at all in the west involve the 1000+ people — mostly civilians, as usual — who have been killed by US and coalition airstrikes. The sexual enslavement of Yazidi women by ISIS fighters got some play in November but since then, nary a peep.

  • mindy1

    Because they can’t say it’s Moooosllliiimmms verses free press, it’s just another African mass murder >:(

  • Lex

    The answer is very sad to that question , its because nobody cares because its africa

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