The week’s horrors continue Friday, as two female suicide bombers detonated in Maiduguri, Nigeria, killing at least 22 people. The first explosion took place at a mosque while many were inside worshiping while the second detonated outside as survivors tried to escape. The Associated Press reports that another 17 were wounded around the city in subsequent explosions.
No group has come forward as of yet to claim responsibility for the attacks, but the most likely perpetrators have been identified as Boko Haram. The Nigerian-based insurgent group has killed more than 20,000 civilians since 2009 and has vowed to continue its acts of terror until the group is recognized by the Nigerian government.
A regional military offensive conducted late last year by Nigerian government forces and mercenaries drove Boko Haram out of large portions of territory in the country’s northeast, leading Nigerian President Buhari to prematurely say in December, that Nigeria has “technically won the war.” This is far from the truth. Boko Haram still has bases in the country, and although weakened, has shifted its tactics to random acts of terror on civilians.
The biggest question is how this story will be covered by media around the world, which has been primarily preoccupied with covering the Islamic State bombings in Brussels on Tuesday and its aftermath. Brussels is far from being the only recent victim of this violence, yet has overshadowed all other attacks. Just three days earlier, five were killed and 36 injured in an explosion in Istanbul, a Turkish city which connects Europe to the East. March 13th, 18 killed and 33 wounded in the Ivory Coast when an Al-Qaeda affiliated group attacked a hotel. That same day, March 13th, 37 were killed and 127 injured in Ankara, Turkey’s capital–A month before that, on February 17th, 60 were killed and at least 29 wounded in the city. January 14, eight people dead and 24 were injured in Jakarta, Indonesia, in a bombing and subsequent shootout with police.
The attacks that taint the soil of Western Europe and the United States, as horrific as they are, have taken precedence over attacks all around the world. Stories will continue for months after the tragedy in Brussels, as they have for Paris, but there will be little to no coverage of the horrors and human loss seen on a daily basis around the rest of the world. CNN, Fox, New York Times: where are you when a brown woman or child is killed in a land just as far away as Brussels or Paris?