The agreement, announced by the country’s defense minister, also involves a cease fire between Boko Haram and Nigeria’s military. The government expects the terror group will not back out on the deal. "Commitment among parts of Boko Haram and the military does appear to be genuine,” an official with Nigeria’s security forces told Reuters Friday. “It is worth taking seriously.”
Boko Haram militants abducted more than 300 schoolgirls from Chibok boarding school in northern Nigeria in mid-April, sparking a worldwide outcry and propelling the group onto to the international stage for the first time. Over fifty of the girls escaped early on. The rest have remained in captivity ever since.“
T: Obviously we’re all still reeling from the terrible events of January 7th. J: Oh, right, the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. T: Oh…well, that too. But I was actually talking about the Baga and Dora Baga massacres in Nigeria.
That is the message 17-year-old human rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai is sending to hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls, who have now been missing for a year, April 14, 2014, after Islamist militants of the Boko Haram group abducted them from their school. [via]
I think we (Tumblr) need a moment of silence for the 2000 people killed in Nigeria.
Take that moment to think what it would be like, to have your home attacked by mad men and to have to run, lose your family in your flight, only to find them, your friends and neighbours slaughtered when you return.
Take that moment of silence and after that we need to talk very LOUDLY about this.
I haven’t heard much from the western media about the 2000+ people who were just killed in Nigeria by Boko Haram. They’ve been ALL OVER the Hebdo case/Kouachi brothers and I think in total I saw 2 lines of scrolling text about an entire town being burnt down and thousands being slaughtered in Baga.
But hey, #AllLivesMatter right?
“In the most recent attacks by extremist militant group Boko Haram, hundreds of gunmen attacked the town of Baga, leaving up to 2,000 people dead. The majority of those killed were women, children, and the elderly who could not flee quickly enough.
Boko Haram has continually attacked northern Nigeria since 2009; they have targeted officials, civilians, women, children, and have kidnapped girls. In the most internationally known case, the militants kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in April of last year – most of the girls are still missing, and attempts by the government to retrieve them have failed.
The news inspired the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls and protests insisting the Nigerian government and international governments do something to bring the schoolgirls home. Since then, at least 100 more girls have been kidnapped.
Boko Haram’s goal is to establish an Islamist state with strict Sharia law in Nigeria. Their attacks often disproportionately hurt and kill women and girls, though boys and men are also killed or are taken and forced to fight for the group.”
Just as people are now standing in solidarity with the French and decrying the terrorist violence that tragically took 17 lives, we must also stand in solidarity with Nigerians and decry Boko Haram’s slaughter of 2,000. The lives of Muslim and non-Western victims of terrorism also matter, even if the mainstream media’s omission of these stories may indicate otherwise.