The story of Nigeria’s stolen girls fell through the gaps of western journalism


I don’t know much about Nigeria. But I know what I like. I like children going to school without being kidnapped by violent criminals bent on destroying their lives. I don’t know much about Boko Haram, either. But I know what I don’t like. I don’t like Boko Haram. That’s a recent dislike. A few weeks back, I’d never heard of them.

Many people have asked why the British media has taken so long to report with any prominence the plight of the 276 schoolgirls who were taken at gunpoint from their boarding school in Chibok, Borno state, on 14 April. A lot of the people who asked did so because they believed they knew the answer.

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