This is just something I really have to get off my chest.
Everyone are changing their facebook pictures so they have France’s flag over their face because they support France. Everyone are talking about the terrorist attack in France. Everyone seems to have an opinion of the terror attack in France. Everyone feels sorry for France (or thinks it’s their fault cause they let the terrorists in..). And sure, it is all good to feel sorry for a country in need. It is fine to feel sad for your fellow humans that has died.
But what about all the others?
What about the attack on Yemen made by IS in which 137 people died this March in a suicide bombing made on five mosques during prayers? Some might have seen it as a passing article, others didn’t even get an article to see. There were certainly no Yemen flags on facebook from the western world, because why care about a country not in the western world, right?
What about the three car bombs IS sent out in Syra this June that killed 146 people? Did anyone in the western world have a silent minute for them?
Or the 100-180 dead in Iraq because of the IS attack in July. Or the 76+ dead the month after in the same country? The 57 killed in a car bombing in a market place one month after that? Does that attack matter?
The two suicide bombs that exploded in Turkey killing 102 during a rally for peace supporters, is that important enough to at least acknowledge it by changing your facebook pic? You who cares so much that you need to show your support in every way possible.
That was some of the worst from IS from only this year, which of course includes the Paris attack which killed 129 people, which is the only attack we have cared to talk about or report about for 24 hours live even when there is nothing to talk about and all you’re doing is to put certain stuff on repeat because no new information has come in yet.
But hey, IS isn’t the only terrorist group out there
Nigeria got 145 people killed in a bombing and suicide bombing attack this september made by the group boko haram. In July they had another 145 people killed by boko haram in a shooting. In June they had 63 people die because of homemade bombs, once again, by the terrorist group boko haram.
In June we also had Al shabaab killing 70 people at an African union base in Somalia. And during April, the same group made an attack in Kenya where they opened fire at an university, held them hostage, separated muslims from Christians and then proceeded to execute people with a resulting death toll of at least 147 people.
Boko haram has also burnt down mosques and churches during February while shooting and burning at least 91 people to death with 500+ injured in Cameroon. They have also MASSACRED between 100-2000 people in Nigeria between the 3rd and 7th of January. (Official reports from Nigeria states it’s not over 150 dead, whether that is true or not, no one seems to know.)
Do we really need an attack to happen in the western world for us to open our eyes? To react? To be angry? Apparently we do. Because high death toll terrorist attacks happens ALL THE TIME in other countries outside of Europe. Asia and Africa has countless of smaller and bigger terrorist attacks every year and no one seems to talk about those. They might end up in the papers, but even then no one cares to change their facebook picture (not that I have ever seen a point in doing that) no one seems to write about it, no one complains about how dangerous those damn Muslims are when they terrorize their own countries, etc. etc. (By the way, I do not hold the belief that Muslims are all terrorists or all dangerous. It was just an example of what ppl tend to write when a terrorist attack happens in the west.)
Did you know that during the year of the Boston bombing, there were 5 countries that got 80% of all deaths from terrorist attacks?
These countries are continuously being struck by terrorist attacks, these NON WESTERN countries are always in the danger zone, but we don’t care before it happens to Europe or America.
While you sit there and think about how awful Paris has it, when you give a silent minute to Paris, please, give one to Iraq too, or Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria, Somalia or just every country that has had a terrorist attack this year, or every year. Give them a thought. Because when Paris has had one big terrorist attack, places like Nigeria has had 4 with over 50 deaths in one and over a hundred deaths in 3. It is not terrorists attacking terrorists, it is terrorist attacking civilians, and that is equally sad to the attack in Paris. You cannot choose which country you are born in, they did not choose to be born in a country with a lot of terrorism, just like the people in Paris didn’t choose to get one of those terrorist attacks into their country.
I for one am going to have a silent minute for all the countries that has lost people during 2015 because of terrorist attacks. Big or small, 1 or 100 deaths, religious or political attacks. Let’s include them all.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
United states of America
(Note, this list takes up all countries with terrorist attacks during 2015 in which at least one person other than the perpetrator died. This is not only IS related terrorist attacks. List this is based off of)
Do not care because it happens in a country near you, because they are of your race or because they have the same culture as you, care because your fellow humans are in need. Care for all those people that aren’t in Europe or America that are attacked by terrorists, because they matter just as much as your fellow countrymen. Because it could have been you. You could have been the one born in one of those countries. Luck put you in a first world country, don’t turn away from all the unlucky ones.
Good luck Africa and Asia, I hope more peaceful days comes to your affected countries one day. Europe, you’ve had some rough beatings this year, take care of yourself. America and Australia, small events have occurred this year, try to stay safe. As for you France, I think everyone else has said what can be said about the situation. Good luck to you too.