Given the recent news of the Paris terrorist attacks, I would like shift attention onto Africa. Africa is known as a hotspot for instability, and given recent events that occurred within the continent, it proves that Africa is struggling with maintaining stability within its vast lands.
Terrorism as an entity, is a threat to the entire world but Europe is not the only place in the world that suffers from such an entity. Countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, and Somalia have been suffering greatly, and the media does a poor job covering and giving them a spotlight. Kenya recently suffered a mass shooting at a University while the attacks in Paris occurred. Four gunmen stormed the Garissa University, killing the two security guards then proceeded to indiscriminately shoot at the student body. 147 were killed, 500 managed to escape, and 79 were injured. The gunmen were surrounded in the dormitories and and died upon suicide vest detonation. The gunmen were members of the Al-Shabab Islamic terrorist group, and this was reported as their most deadly attack yet. This isn’t the only terrorist group causing havoc.
Nigeria reported attacks by Boko Haram militant group which killed 49 people via suicide bombings. The town of Yola, is a town packed with refugees from Nigeria’s Islamic uprising. The town was the scene of a suicide bomber who killed 34 people, wounding about 80 others. In the northern city of Kano, 15 more people were killed by two other suicide bombers. It is confirmed that Boko Haram is responsible for these attacks and that they were named as the worlds most deadly extremist group in the Global Terrorism Index. Al Shabab also carried out terrorist attacks in Somalia. A car bomb was set off in front of the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu, which killed four people. The intent of the attack was to target the senior Somali and foreign officials. They organized multiple attacks as a hotel known as the ‘Shahafi’ was struck with a car bomb, shot at people then proceeded to have a shootout against security forces.
Given all these incidents, why has the media given little to none coverage of these events? Based on our in class discussions on counter insurgency and third party involvement into country’s civil wars, would the possibility of intervention in a part of the world that is in dire need probable?
Links to full stories on these events
Kenya attack: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-32169080