‘Bring back our girls’ and the sympathy of the West

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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.

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