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Where is the international solidarity for Nigeria?

Published:Thursday | January 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It appears that the world has descended into a state of madness and anarchy. Last week, in France, terrorists attacked the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, as well as a Jewish Kosher supermarket, killing 17 people. The vicious attacks resulted in overwhelming support for the French people from Europe and the international community.

Thousands of miles away on the African continent in Nigeria, Boko Haram savagely slaughtered more than 2,000 people in the town of Baga, as well as 16 neighbouring towns and villages, burning down entire villages, and yet there is little or no international condemnation, outrage and visible support for the people and government of Nigeria. In 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls. This group continues to kidnap and murder at random with impunity.

UNIMAGINABLE ACT

The latest bloodshed orchestrated by Boko Haram is reprehensible and unimaginable. In fact, it is arguably the worst terror attack since 9/11. Where is the inter-national solidarity and outcry for the people of Nigeria? Where is the United Nations? Where is the African Union?

There is clearly a double standard as it relates to the coverage of the terror attacks in France and Nigeria. It appears that there is some form of discrimination when we discuss Western versus non-Western victims of terror and this should not be. Where is the solidarity march from world leaders in the Nigerian capital for the victims of Boko Haram?

Whether it is Paris, France, or Borno State in Nigeria, we will continue to have conflicts and war until we speak out forcibly against injustices everywhere. All lives matter.

WAYNE CAMPBELL

waykam@yahoo.com