Boko Haram, Deadlier Than ISIS. Why Don’t We Care?

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In February 2016 two female suicide bombers from the terrorist group Boko Haram killed 58 people at a camp in northern Nigeria. The victims were among the more than 50,000 people seeking refuge from the terrorist organization.Which was recently named the deadliest in the world by the global terrorism Index.

On average Boko Haram attacks are twice as deadly as the islamic states , however they’ve only received about a fifth of the media coverage and considerably less western military intervention. So why has so much been done to stop Isis but not to stop  Boko Haram ,whose name loosely translates to Western education is forbidden.

In 2000  the group gained popularity by exploiting public  frustration with Nigeria’s corrupt and increasingly. Westernising government, Boko Haram attacks were  mostly small and unreported until 2009, when a violent uprising shifted the group into jihadist extremism the terrorist organization is often compared to  Wahhabism and ultra conservative extremist branch of Sunni  Islam in fact. Boko Haram pledged allegiance to ISIS in March 2015, as a way to further expand and legitimize their terror operation attacks. Boko Haram are  generally more deadly than ISIS .

The group is known to target crowded areas like schools or markets in fact in 2014 , It carried out about half as many attacks at US, than ISIS but killed a roughly six  hundred  more people in total.

The group kidnapped nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls  sparking a global campaign to save them but overall world leaders  had united to fight ISIS.

In just 10 months the US spent more than 2.7  billion dollars on the war against ISIS,  that’s compared to roughly fifty million dollars and a few dozen armored vehicles to fight Boko Haram.

In early January 2015 according to a Washington Post analysis america’s news  outlets published more than 3,200 articles mentioning my ISIS, but only about 500 mentioning Boko Haram yet Boko Haram killed as many as 2,000 people in their attack compared to 17 deaths as a result  of the previous attacks at  same time period all things considered.

 Our question remains why isn’t there more military and media attention  focused on Boko Haram ?


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Written by JerkShakespear