I read this and it got me thinking on a whole lot of things. The way we – even those of us in Nigeria – are thinking deeply about Je suis Charlie and almost doing nothing about Baga… It is near criminal. Is 2000 so insignificant? Compared to… 17? But it isn’t about the number alone really because one life is important. Isn’t our very life just one? What if that one life
But think of how the world keeps quiet as thousands die in so called ‘places that don’t matter’… If we are to retain our humanity, we must empathise. We must all, begin to think creatively of standing up, all of us, together. Nigeria might be a million miles away and the values of lives here not so significant in some views but the truth is, somehow, our refusal to show any form of solidarity for inhumanity in some parts and rise all for another just might leave us paying a debt we wish we had never owed.
May the souls of all those who died in Baga, those in Maiduguri, and those being continually slaughtered by terror any – and every – where, rest in peace.