Monday, January 12, 2015

Attack on Charly Hebdou and our African Narrative

The Terrorist Attack on Charlie Hebdo last week must be condemned at all costs by the entire world. For the sole reason of standing with the Families of the slain journalists, I also said "Je Suis Charlie" 

The Attack on Charlie Hebdo (The New Yorker)

Charlie Hebdo Editor Killed in Paris (TIME)

People Around the World Are Pouring Into the Streets to Support Charlie Hebdo After the Paris Massacre (Mother Jones)

There was the other voice in the entire narrative that was disturbing. But in a world of free speech, I leave to the world to be the judge.

No, we are NOT all Charlie (and that’s a problem) (openDemocracy)

What was most stunning and in an extra ordinary sign of solidarity was when the entire world joined the French nationals in the biggest March in French history. According to CNN at least 3.7 million people, including world leaders, marched in anti-terrorism rallies in Paris and elsewhere in the France on Sunday. 

This goes far to show how in solidarity the west can rally around their own and come up with strategies to defeat terror. Elsewhere in Nigeria, Boko Harram is feared to have killed over 2000 people. Listen, the world is silent. 

The Boko Harram Millitants opened fire in a village in Northern Nigeria and bodies are reported to have been left scattered all over the place. While the world gathered in Paris to stand in solidarity with France, the world is silent in Nigeria. 

But the biggest question is, Has Africa mobilized the world stand in solidarity as its people are finished by militants who subscribe to the same ideologies as the Alshababs and Alqaeda terror based belief? It is high time Africa rewrote its narrative on whether it belongs to the unity of nations, or it is a different planet all together. 

1 comment:

  1. Another important question would be why the African life is not as valuable to merrit the attention the other lives received?