Baga is a long way from Paris.

  • “The Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram launched its worst attack ever in the northeastern town of Baga, where it killed hundreds or possibly more.
  • The motivation is unclear, but it appears aimed at intimidating Nigerians into not voting in the coming presidential election.
  • Key context is the military’s indifference to northern Nigerian lives. Its troops fled almost immediately, and had itself previously massacred Baga’s residents.

What we know about the attack

No one knows for sure how many people the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram slaughtered during its six-day rampage in the northeastern town of Baga. A lone and speculative early report said 2,000 dead, though subsequent counts suggest ” dozens ” or ” hundreds .” But little question this is a massacre of breathtaking and possibly unprecedented severity, even for Boko Haram. “

I just though that I would give you that bit of news since Boko Haram is not such a big deal here.

Two thousand dead. And yet, no hashtags; no hundreds of thousands of people marching with countless world leaders locked arm in arm for a show of solidarity; no wall to wall cable coverage in the West, and no world leaders decrying the horrific violence being carried out against the Nigerian people by these monsters.

Of course the Nigerian army is not blameless. They have been trying to play down the seriousness of the Boko Haram threat in their own country, and the high level of carnage that they are responsible for since they started killing innocent women and children there.

“In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the U.S. still was trying to get information from the ground on reported atrocities.

She said Nigeria needed to move forward with “credible and peaceful elections” despite the attacks, but acknowledged it would be difficult.

“Boko Haram is a huge threat,” Harf said. She said the U.S. was trying to work with Nigeria despite the government’s termination in November of a third phase of a training operation involving a Nigerian army battalion.

She also condemned “horrific reports today of young girls being used to conduct suicide attacks.”
Boko Haram is suspected of using a 10-year-old girl to detonate a bomb at a market in Maiduguri on Saturday, killing at least 10 people and seriously injuring others. The bomb exploded after explosives were found under the girl’s clothing during a search, according to witness accounts.”

She can’t be serious. “STILL TRYING TO GET INFORMATION”?!

Pssst, lady, let me help you: they are killing people!


Baga is a long way from Paris.