World News #6 – Overshadowed (Baga)
“In recent weeks, Boko Haram has intensified its campaign of violence in Nigeria. The Islamic jihadist militant movement based in northeast Nigeria, northern Cameroon and Niger, responsible for thousands of deaths in the last several years, attacked Baga, a small town in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.
The news of the Baga massacre, the delayed response by the government and the subsequent contention on the actual number of deaths drew the ire of Nigerian netizens.”
– Global Voices, Nigerians Blast Government’s Response (or Lack Thereof) to Boko Haram’s Baga Massacre .
“Both the attacks in Nigeria and those in Paris are shocking and horrifying in their own respects, and yet one fomented an unprecedented international reaction — a popular show of force that rivaled even the reaction to 9/11 — while the response to the attacks in Nigeria paled in comparison. ”
– CNN, France and Nigeria: 2 countries rocked by terror with very different reactions.
“Nigeria’s president was among leaders who condemned last week’s attack by Islamic extremists on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, yet his response to the slaughter of civilians by militants in his own country has been muted.
Some commentators criticized President Goodluck Jonathan’s reticence about the violence in Nigeria’s Baga town, and the lack of a broader international outcry on par with the reaction to the attacks in France. The slogan “I am Baga” — a play on “I am Charlie,” the expression of solidarity with the targeted French weekly — is now circulating on social media.”
– Huffington Post, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Criticized For Boko Haram Response.
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