The saga of the brazen April 14 abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls (including both Christians and Muslims, the former claimed as of yesterday to have already been converted to Islam) will hit one full month tomorrow. The kidnapping has filled media space across the rest of the world since that date, with Australia joining in somewhat tardily after a nudge from Crikey.
As Guy Rundle’s piece yesterday requires us to ask, what is it about this particular egregious violation of the rights of African children — and especially girls — that makes them “our children”, when we consider the raft of particularly egregious violations that fail to get such traction? Western countries and non-Muslim communities do not have a monopoly on outrage at these abductions. What is coming across as selective alarm by “outside” groups of concerned people needs a context, which Rundle touched upon.