#PrayForNigeria Highlights Massive Double Standard in Media Response to Nigeria Attacks
A wave of terrorist attacks in Nigeria over the past month and a half is sparking anger across social media this week. The problem? More than 160 people have died at the hands of terrorists since late January — and the media coverage has been sorely lacking, Twitter users say.
The first of these attacks took place in the northeastern village of Dalori on Jan. 30: According toAl Jazeera, Boko Haram fighters raided the small town, firebombed homes and fired gunshots at residents. By the following day, emergency responders had uncovered 86 dead bodies, many of them children.
The second took place at the Dikwa refugee camp, also in Nigeria’s northeastern region. On Feb. 8, a trio of young women entered the camp under the guise of seeking refuge from Boko Haram. Two of them detonated bombs they’d been concealing in their clothes the next morning, killing 58 people, the New York Times reported.
The most recent attack happened on March 16, when two more female suicide bombers detonated explosives at a mosque in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, according to Al Jazeera. Twenty-two worshippers died. Maiduguri is known for being the birthplace of Boko Haram, which the U.S. military has dubbed “the most violent armed group in the world.”
The disparity in media coverage of these attacks has been especially apparent this week. On Tuesday morning, a series of bombings killed at least 34 people and injured more than 230 others in the capital city of Brussels, Belgium, sparking similar degrees of 24-hour news cycle focus as recent attacks in Paris and the United States.
But adjacent to the Brussels attacks were at least three others that went comparatively unnoticed: Two in Turkey — one in Ankara on March 13 and another in Istanbul on Saturday — claimed a combined 41 lives, while on March 14, an al-Qaida-led attack on the beach town of Grand-Bassam killed 22 in Côte d’Ivoire.
News coverage of attacks in western Europe and North America are defined by a similar pattern: a relentless focus on the ensuing manhunt for perpetrators, the response from locals and the globe coming together in mourning and speculation from pundits as to the broader implications, especially around strategic elements of the global war on terror.
Yet as many have pointed out, similar treatment is rarely afforded such violence in Africa and the Middle East. In a lengthy Facebook post after
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