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IN OMG! ON 26 Jan, 2015
On the 7th January, a small cell of terrorists attacked cartoonists at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and shoppers in a Paris supermarket, killing 17 people. The news of the unfortunate event spread like wildfire and had global leaders stand together in support of Parisian resilience. The hashtag #JeSuisCharlie trended all over Twitter and other major social networking sites.
We all know the tragic Charlie Hebdo massacre. It was indeed a terrible day for the freedom of speech and expression. But how many of us are aware of the Baga massacres that took place in Nigeria, on the same day? It's surprising that the world is agitated by one attack and completely unaware of another.
On the same day, in northern Nigeria, an entire army of terrorists marched in the village of Baga. They killed more than 2,000 people, mostly women and children who were unable to flee the area in time. Later that week, the very same army, introduced the world of a new horrific act of terrorism in the nearby city of Maiduguri. They strapped explosives on a ten-year-old girl and sent her to the poultry market. The girl was stopped by the metal detectors and the guards, but it was too late. The bomb went off, killing 19 people.
The question that arises is, that how two attacks in different parts of the world get different attention? Both of them were inhumane attacks on humanity and the fundamental rights, yet their significance in the world does not seem to be the same. And what's worse, is that even in Nigeria, the attacks in Paris received more attention than the attacks that took place in their country. The Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, has condemned the attacks of Paris and did not speak of the massacre in Baga and Maiduguri.
In April 2014, a study showed that several media outlets publish three to ten times as many stories about France than about Nigeria. This is shocking as despite the fact that Nigerian population (about 173 million) is close to 3 times he French population (66 million).
The Daily Show covered the entire events of the Baga massacre on the night of January 22nd. The story was told in a satirical way, demanding to know why are the terrorist attacks in Africa not taken as seriously as any other attack anywhere in the world. Let us know what did you think of the post in the comments below.
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