The Other Massacre
While the world’s media has been focused on the terrorist attacks in Paris, Boko Haram, the deadliest militant group in Africa today, reportedly massacred more than 2,000 people in northeastern Nigeria. The massacre was carried out in Baga near the border with Chad, where the militants seized a key military base on January 3. Daniel Eyre, Nigeria researcher for Amnesty International, said the killings “could be Boko Haram’s deadliest act.”
And yet news coverage in the Western media in the days after the massacre was dominated by the terrorist attacks in Paris where two brothers who trained with al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine, killing 12 people. A friend of the brothers’ who claimed ties to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in a separate attack killed five more people.