2,000 Nigerians Dead in Massacre

Cajisha Telusme, Staff Writer

An Islamist extremist group by the name of Boko Haram killed 2,000 people in Nigeria’s deadliest massacre yet. Boko Haram is the same group that kidnapped 200 schoolgirls in a single sweep last year and these girls are still missing.

Most victims were children, women and elderly people who could not run fast enough when insurgents drove into their town of Baga. These insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles on town residents, according to District head Baba Abba Hassan.

A further 30,000 people have fled their homes and are trying to establish their lives in bordering countries.

One of Africa’s senior church leaders has accused the West of ignoring the threat of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, days after the reported slaughter of people by the group.

Comparing the things going on in Nigeria with the travesties in Paris, many people are angered that there is no hash tag to draw awareness to the 2,000 people who were killed in the massacre.

“#BringBackOurGirls,” “#JesuisCharlie,” and “#JesuisAhmed” are just a few of the many hashtags that have and continue to circulate through social media about the Charlie Hebdo killing, Muslim police officer killing,  and the kidnapping of the schoolgirls. Why hasn’t the deadliest massacre by Boko Haram been given a hashtag?

Boko Haram has been regularly attacking the northern region of Nigeria since 2009. Terrorizing police, schools, churches and all civilians. The Islamist group has said its aim is to impose a stricter form of Sharia law across Nigeria, which is split between a majority Muslim north and a mostly Christian south. At this current time, bodies still litter bushes in Nigeria. 

40 world leaders and 3.7 million people came together to march in unity in Paris for the 12 Charlie Hebdo writers who were killed earlier this month. However, days after the Boko Haram massacre was reported, no media outlet or western community reached out to show support and send money to help the Nigerian community that has been terrorized repeatedly by Boko Haram.

Many have begun to accuse the lack of media attention on the importance of European lives over African lives. On the other hand, there may be a bigger concern: the inability for American’s to disperse their attention.