Recently, (a week's past to be exact) there was an abduction of over 200 girls in Chibok, Nigeria at a secondary girl's school. The age of the missing range from 16-18 years old where they were taken by suspected Boko Haram militants. Out of the estimated 230 students missing, only a suspected 40 girls have been recovered and that is due to these brave young ladies jumping off a moving vehicle and making it to safety. It is believed the kidnapped victims will be used as cooks and/or sex slaves.
There is currently an outcry from Nigerian citizens (and rightfully so) at the lack of action by the Nigerian government and military to protect the populace from these terrorist attacks. The Nigerian president has not (as far as we know) taken action and the military is suffering a huge "embarrassment" that this has happened.
I am not Nigerian or former inhabitant of that country so my opinions are that of foreigner. I would like to make that preface before stating my opinions, in an effort not to offend and to state that I am aware that my opinions are that of a third party. First I would like to express to the parents of these victims how sorry I am about this situation and I send all of my prayers to them. I truly hope that the armor and shield of God protects these young women and they are returned to their families safe and unharmed.
The situation in Nigeria has given me a form of disquiet on many levels. First, the inaccurate reports by members of the Nigeria government and media outlets on how many girls recovered in an effort to "save face" or to make it seem like the situation is under control, is scary as it is pathetic. Second, the lack of media attention that this story has received is frightening. There has been very little western media coverage of this story, possible due to the South Korean ferry accident (my prayers go out to them as well). This is a major concern for me because I interpret this as: "200 girls missing in Nigeria "= "200 Black girls are missing so why should we give a damn." The media has covered every facet of the Korea ferry accident, they have also covered every facet of Kate Middleton's outfit while on royal tour, and lord knows we have fully covered Kim and Kanye's every move; but 230 young women go missing and I can barely find 5 major media articles on it. This is OUTRAGEOUS!! Is society truly that far gone? Do the media only care about what will bring in the highest ratings or "sweeps week" as they call it. Have we lost our minds or are we so damn desensitized, that we cannot distinguish what is important and what isn't! Finally, a real concern of mine is people of color, in particular black people.
Historically, media outlets have rarely aired the important happenings in the black community, so although I am surprised that the situation in Nigeria did not get the media attention that it deserved, I can honestly say I am not shocked. What is further upsetting in this situation is the lack of knowledge of what is going on in the black community. This is a human being issue, a people of color issue, and a black issue. Few in the black community know what is happening in Nigeria from the terrorist attacks to the distribution of wealth, and even less care. I can understand the day to day grind of everyday life can distort what issues we should focus on or take up arms on but if we don't care about what's going on in our community, how can we expect others to. Over 200 Girls abducted in Nigeria, Does anybody care?