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The Concession

by baldilocks

Nearly all major news agen­cies have been report­ing on the recent Islamic ter­ror attacks in Paris: the ambush of Char­lie Hebdo jour­nal­ists and respond­ing police offi­cers and the hostage-​murders at a Kosher gro­cery store. But those of us who pay closer atten­tion to what’s going on in the world know about this also.

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Hun­dreds of bod­ies – too many to count – remain strewn in the bush in Nige­ria from an Islamic extrem­ist [sic] attack that Amnesty Inter­na­tional described as the “dead­liest mas­sacre” in the his­tory of Boko Haram.

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Dis­trict head Baba Abba Has­san said most vic­tims are chil­dren, women and elderly peo­ple who could not run fast enough when insur­gents drove into Baga, fir­ing rocket-​propelled grenades and assault rifles on town residents.

The human car­nage per­pe­trated by Boko Haram ter­ror­ists in Baga was enor­mous,” Muham­mad Abba Gava, a spokesman for poorly armed civil­ians in a defence group that fights Boko Haram, told the Asso­ci­ated Press.

He said the civil­ian fight­ers gave up on try­ing to count all the bod­ies. “No one could attend to the corpses and even the seri­ously injured ones who may have died by now,” Gava said.

An Amnesty Inter­na­tional state­ment said there are reports the town was razed and as many as 2,000 peo­ple killed.

Boko Haram’s pre­vi­ous high body count in Nige­ria was achieved last year: 600.

It’s inter­est­ing to note that the name ‘Boko Haram’ means ‘books for­bid­den’ — that is, books for girls and women. How­ever, I doubt that any of these demonic ves­sels are, them­selves, mak­ing their way through the Great Books.

Also inter­est­ing: how the main­stream media treats Islamic ter­ror in Europe as com­pared to how they are recently treat­ing far worse attacks in Africa and in other places which are openly acknowl­edged to be Mus­lim lands. There’s not much out­rage. But, this wasn’t always so.

Here’s why this slightly smaller, Niger­ian ver­sion of 911 gets less cov­er­age in the main­stream media: the con­ti­nent is con­ceded as theirs — or so the des­ig­nated reporters of the news now believe.

We’ll see how long it takes for Europe to be deemed Mus­lim. French Jews aren’t wait­ing around for the announce­ment this time.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel, ten­ta­tively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2015. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s Projects: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or con­tribute to Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism — -»»baldilocks

by baldilocks

Nearly all major news agencies have been reporting on the recent Islamic terror attacks in Paris: the ambush of Charlie Hebdo journalists and responding police officers and the hostage-murders at a Kosher grocery store. But those of us who pay closer attention to what’s going on in the world know about this also.

abubakar-shekau
Newsweek say that this is Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau. (YouTube)

Hundreds of bodies – too many to count – remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria from an Islamic extremist [sic] attack that Amnesty International described as the “deadliest massacre” in the history of Boko Haram.

[…]

District head Baba Abba Hassan said most victims are children, women and elderly people who could not run fast enough when insurgents drove into Baga, firing rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles on town residents.

“The human carnage perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in Baga was enormous,” Muhammad Abba Gava, a spokesman for poorly armed civilians in a defence group that fights Boko Haram, told the Associated Press.

He said the civilian fighters gave up on trying to count all the bodies. “No one could attend to the corpses and even the seriously injured ones who may have died by now,” Gava said.

An Amnesty International statement said there are reports the town was razed and as many as 2,000 people killed.

Boko Haram’s previous high body count in Nigeria was achieved last year: 600.

It’s interesting to note that the name ‘Boko Haram’ means ‘books forbidden’—that is, books for girls and women. However, I doubt that any of these demonic vessels are, themselves, making their way through the Great Books.

Also interesting: how the mainstream media treats Islamic terror in Europe as compared to how they are recently treating far worse attacks in Africa and in other places which are openly acknowledged to be Muslim lands. There’s not much outrage. But, this wasn’t always so.

Here’s why this slightly smaller, Nigerian version of 9/11 gets less coverage in the mainstream media: the continent is conceded as theirs—or so the designated reporters of the news now believe.

We’ll see how long it takes for Europe to be deemed Muslim. French Jews aren’t waiting around for the announcement this time.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2015. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s Projects: Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or contribute to Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>baldilocks