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    (Original post by SophiaLDN)
    Because apparently #alllivesmatter.. unless they are black/people of colour. 2000 people brutally murdered. Where are all the unity rallies, outrage, tears and heads of state coming out?
    Ask the Nigerian army what they did.

    Ask the Nigerian government how they feel about protests.

    (Original post by SophiaLDN)
    No 24/7 news coverage unlike the Hebdo news (after the siege).
    Because it did not happen in a capital city with hundreds of journalists on hand.

    They are incomparable events.
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    Actually, but for what happened in Paris what would have been the lead news story?

    Probably this massacre.
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    (Original post by SophiaLDN)
    Because apparently #alllivesmatter.. unless they are black/people of colour. 2000 people brutally murdered. Where are all the unity rallies, outrage, tears and heads of state coming out? No 24/7 news coverage unlike the Hebdo news (after the siege).

    Its pretty telling.
    Don't play the race card, it's nothing to do with Race. The reason the Paris attacks have been so publicized in the West is because they happened in the West. Which isn't that strange. It's the same reason we hear about the more hum-drum political commentary of our own countries (such as the UK), and not one on the other side of the world (such as Vietnam).

    Ask yourself, would you feel the same if your neighbor was killed, than if someone in another Western country was?

    While you might see it as hypocritical, it is very much understandable.
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    It's sad because if things get too bad more will come over here. I wish Nigeria was a 1st world country, just so they could piss off and leave our lands in peace.
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    (Original post by Stalin)
    You're exactly right here.

    I'd like to add that the disparity in wealth between the Islamic North and Christian South is quite large, and many Muslims feel disenfranchised; hence why Boko Haram have been able to add so many recruits to their ranks.

    The issue is that the Nigerian military is a complete and utter shambles. They're inefficient, ineffective, under-equipped, and lack the necessary discipline and training to fight against Islamic guerrillas.
    No arguments here! And it's the kind of conversations that are happening in this thread that are a better way of thinking about problems rather than simply considering the mortalityutrage ratios. I'm glad that people are also seeing that the response to France's attack - a giant manhunt - may not also be the solution to Nigeria's problems.
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    (Original post by Calpurnia)
    I'm glad that people are also seeing that the response to France's attack - a giant manhunt - may not also be the solution to Nigeria's problems.
    A manhunt that killed 3 known baddies and 4 innocents, stuck in 2 buildings.

    How many innocents would die in a manhunt for 50,000 9,000 unknown targets in 20,000 square miles?
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    (Original post by Farm_Ecology)
    Don't play the race card, it's nothing to do with Race. The reason the Paris attacks have been so publicized in the West is because they happened in the West. Which isn't that strange. It's the same reason we hear about the more hum-drum political commentary of our own countries (such as the UK), and not one on the other side of the world (such as Vietnam).

    Ask yourself, would you feel the same if your neighbor was killed, than if someone in another Western country was?

    While you might see it as hypocritical, it is very much understandable.
    No no no. The argument that the Paris attacks are closer to home is sound but it far from explains all.

    Boko Haram lethal attacks are happening every single day, only today two children were forced to blow themselves up, killing a handful. Yesterday same thing happened and an estimated 20 lost their lives. Baring in mind the suicide bombers are only 10 year old girls and have been forced to give up their lives, that is horrific. however today, I was watching the ten o clock bbc news. There was a good ten minutes of Charlie hebdo rally - fair enough. Then several headlines came. I had to hear about an actress walking through the Trevi fountain passing away aged 83, and about power break downs in Scotland - apparently more important than Boko Haram blowing ten year olds up in nigeria. and within that 15 minutes of news I heard nothing of Nigeria.I turned off the t.v. In frustration after the Trevi fountain lady appeared.

    Now it is estimated that two thousand people have been killed since the raids started in Baga this month. That's two thousand. That's a huge scale massacre. and that has been SKIMMED over, only appeared in sub columns and never in headlines. It is never covered with the amount of time or attention it deserves. Now don't put you dare say that is down to France being closer to home. This is not fair reportage. Other less significant issues have been more talked about than this massacre. As much as the Paris attacks are an affront on our human rights and are tragic, this 'je suis charlie' rhetoric has absorbed about 90 per cent of media attention and then we hear about less significant issues before boko haram in the other 10 per cent. and maybe boko haram will get a fleeting mention at the end of the programme if it is lucky. That is not even remotely ok. THAT IS NOT US GETTING A FREE BALANCED PRESS. And it is hypocrisy that the British press is going on about the importance of 'free press' when it is being so biased and hypocritical.
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    Apparently Nigeria's own government must be concerned and express a desire to fight Boko haram before other governments and international media can. And the Nigerian president is not bothering to issue a single statement of regret?
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    One is a massacre in a third world ****hole which sees a million problems every single day, a culture which none of us here can relate to in any way, and a place we will probably never even go near. The other is an attack right on our home soil, in a developed first world nation, a religiously motivated killing in a country which has no affiliations or ties to that religion. This is hardly surprising.
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    (Original post by bertstare)
    One is a massacre in a third world ****hole which sees a million problems every single day, a culture which none of us here can relate to in any way, and a place we will probably never even go near. The other is an attack right on our home soil, in a developed first world nation, a religiously motivated killing in a country which has no affiliations or ties to that religion. This is hardly surprising.
    Erm excuse me think twice before you call a whole country a **** hole. That is a lot of people's home.

    A lot of people here can relate to Nigerian culture actually since there are a lot of Nigerians in this country and Nigeria is a FORMER BRITISH COLONY. They speak English in Nigeria for goodness sake. ironically Nigeria is only in poverty because of its colonial past and we are only rich because of our past as the colonists. Slightly unfair we put other countries in the ****... and then ignore them in their hour of need, right?

    Additionally do you not think that one day Boko Haram will pose a threat to us? They are radical Islamist network they may well target the U.K too. But they are not seen as a threat to us right now, so we happily ignore them. They are only seen as a threat to Nigerians now, and their lives being lost in their thousands apparently don't matter. Then again, when Boko Haram will come for us it will probably be too late - have you never heard of that age old adage - 'first they came for the socialists but I'd didn't speak out because I was not a socialist... then they came for the trade unionists but I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist... then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I wasn't a jew..
    then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me'. That is what is going to happen here I bet you. Sorry but the U.K. and the U.S's foreign policy of only looking out for number one (and each other) is soon going to close in on hem. But that's a story for another day.

    Also why are you saying that France has no affiliations to Islam? Did you not know that out of all Western countries, France is the one with the highest percentage of Muslim citizens. French Muslims are highly integrated into french society.

    Additionally if 2000 people have been killed over a matter of days, anywhere in the world, I would bloody well like to be informed about it. And I'm sure I speak for several others. Nigerian lives are not worth less than french lives and your easy dismissal of this, saying that terrible things happen in countries like Nigeria everyday is frankly disgusting. You cannot dismiss human suffering so easily.
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    I never even heard of this until I seen a comment on Facebook a couple of minutes ago
 
 
 
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