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PHOTO TAKNE AT SUNSET IN CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, IN BEAUTIFUL AFRICA.

I anticipated an outpouring of anger and pain at the slaughter of innocent people in Nigeria, but the silence was deafening worldwide and on TE, even from our members who regularly travel to Africa and who supposedly love the land and its people.

So, I post this image for the African lives lost and I include part of an article written by a columnist who writes for our national paper. I was going to include a letter or two written by readers who are also dismayed at the blind eye that the world uses when African lives are involved, but who has tim to read, especially about Africa?

I intended to wonder aloud as to what is the relative value of a human life- a vexing question in the wake of global silence about the slaughter of the innocents in Baga, Nigeria, while millions marched for the lives lost in France. Instead i include parts of an article which appeared in the national paper in Australia.

“Ignatius Kaigama, a Catholic archbishop whose Jos diocese is in central Nigeria, wants the world to respond to the obscene levels of brutality confronting the towns and villages of the north-east of his country with the same spirit and resolve it has shown in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

The bishop has a point. On the same day that 12 journalists and policemen were gunned down in the French capital, forces of the fundamentalist Boko Haram annihilated as many as 2000 villagers, and looted and torched their lakeside communities in what is being billed as the most brutal rampage by the African twin of the so-called Islamic State, which now controls swathes of Syria and Iraq.
He didn't spell it out, but the bishop might well have thought that world leaders were in the wrong place on Sunday, when 40-odd of them linked arms at the head of a solidarity rally by millions of Parisians, because while the French have the societal fortitude and security resources to pick themselves up, and to confront their homegrown and foreign terrorist threats, Nigeria doesn't.
Clearly, the world has judged the carnage in Paris to be an appalling act – it was; but if Paris is a new global benchmark, then what's unfolding in Nigeria is an abomination, one that struggles for attention as the global media remains transfixed by events in Paris…
Writing in the Johannesburg-based Daily Maverick, analyst Simon Allison wrote: "I'm Charlie, but I'm Baga too. There are massacres and there are massacres – it may be the 21st century, but African lives are still deemed less newsworthy and, by implication, less valuable than western lives.”

http://www.theage.com.au/world/boko-haram-attacks-france-can-help-itself-but-nigeria-needs-support-20150113-12n3ro.html

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