What if these were some of the 200+ girls kidnapped by a terrorist organization? What if the boarding school the girls were kidnapped from was my daughter’s boarding school?
Over a month ago I wrote an article about CNN’s nauseatingly non-stop coverage of missing Malaysia Flight 370. I wrote that surely other things were going on in the world, that there was no need for the search for a plane to trump all other news. I mentioned that a group named Boko Haram was terrorizing Nigerians and I wrote that this was more important news. A few people read the piece, a few people agreed. I wrote this on April 2.
Unfortunately, due to technical issues on the Babble website, the article is currently unavailable. I will post a fresh link when I am able. For now, here is the excerpt from that piece, from my own blog:
Today I’m writing at Babble about my desire to see more of the world in the headlines in the coming days. I know a plane went missing. I know this is terrible and a great mystery and intriguing. I’d also like to know what is going on in the Ukraine. In Nigeria. In Washington. In the Philippines. In Afghanistan. Maybe when the mystery is solved? Speaking of mysteries I would like solved, why does it seem stories in Africa take less precedence in the news? Anyone ever heard of Boko Haram? Now there is real life drama if that is really what CNN is after.
Twelve days later almost 300 Nigerian girls were kidnapped. April 14. By Boko Haram.
Now, finally, this week, the first week of May, the kidnapped girls are starting to get a bit of media attention.
It is too late. Far, far too late.
Hopefully not too late for the girls, hopefully they can be brought home soon, but it is too late for anyone to feel good about the response.
For more about this crisis in Nigeria, please read my piece in Christ and Pop Culture about this #BringBackOurGirls campaign: Bring Back Our Girls: Helping and Hoping in the Face of Remote Tragedy
Ready to care about Africa yet?