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:
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.