Have you ever asked yourself this question?
Have you ever wondered why the media has covered the recent Paris, France tragedy over and over again for the past 2 weeks? Why the Facebook “safety check” function wasn’t available until something happened to a predominantly white society? Because I know I have.
I am constantly frustrated with the fact that we are so quick to offer condolences and well wishes to the people of countries such as France, UK, The United States, and do not bat an eye for all the bombings that take place in regions such as Nigeria, Syria, and other third world or underdeveloped countries around the world. Every single day, and I mean every single day, somewhere in this world a group of innocent people are dying, whether it’s due to terrorism or natural disasters. I cannot remember the last time I saw on my TV or on my Facebook feed a post about the atrocities being committed by Boko Haram every week in regions in Nigeria. Facebook activated its safety check for the first time in Nigeria, just days ago after the recent Yola attack which claimed 32 lives. Boko Haram has been invading areas in Nigeria for more than 2 years now, and we are just seeing this now? The media would rather show Africans living in huts and environments that someone in a western society would only deem un-inhabitable.
I’ve seen my friends happily join in the movement that is #PrayForParis, but I have never once seen #PrayForNigeria or #PrayForSyria surface anywhere in the same magnitude as the recent attack of Paris. Now do not get me wrong, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t show condolences to the people of France or wish well the families who may have been impacted by a mass shooting in the States. We are not wrong to do these things, but why not show the same sentiment towards other underdeveloped countries around the world.
Let us show the media that we care about these people just as we do the people of France. We need to not only pray for our neighbouring brothers and sisters, but for every individual because #EveryLifeMatters.