More attacks, more dead. Same battle cries, same denial. Candlelit vigils, mourning masses.
Seventeen Parisians and anywhere from 150 to 2,000 Nigerians in Baga. Vehement outrage or muted indifference … whatever the initial emotions, when it comes to trying to understand the ideological basis for the attacks, history is left at the door, as too is reason.
‘Why do they hate us?’ cries the grieving widow. ‘It’s not Islamic or a state,’ argues the President. ‘It’s not Islam,’ reason certain Sheiks.
If you live in Australia, and don’t have the underside of a rock as your home, you’ll be aware of what is going on in Nigeria. Well maybe not the country as a whole, but I’m sure you’re aware of the fact that 276 school girls were taken from their school by Boko Haram, a violent, Islamist group with al-Qaeda affiliations operating in north-eastern Nigeria. The public response from the West—at least the US and Australia—while perhaps slow to take off, has now reached unprecedented levels with campaigns, vigils, incessant media coverage, and calls for foreign governments and military to support Nigeria and help them to find and return the girls to their homes.