Friday, May 24, 2024

Perspective: Boko Haram Has Killed More Africans Than Ebola

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*(Via MSN News) – Although Nigeria was able to tackle the Ebola crisis much more effectively than other African countries, it remains stricken by the insurgency of jihadist group Boko Haram in the north west of the country, a crisis which is proving to be even more deadly than the killer disease.

More people have been killed in Nigeria by Boko Haram than have died in the entire Ebola epidemic, and the bloodletting seems to be only getting worse, with local officials reporting the slaughter of at least 2,000 people in the town of Baga in the Borno State.

It’s estimated that 8,235 people have died from Ebola in west Africa, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), while according to the Council for Foreign Relations, 10,000 people have been murdered at the hands of Boko Haram in the last year alone – an estimate that doesn’t take into account the latest and bloodiest massacre.

The bodies of Baga residents are still reportedly strewn throughout the town and surrounding bush more than a week after the massacre of thousands in 16 villages in Borno state.

Get the rest of this Newsweek report at MSN News.

As Boko Haram Terror Spreads, Nigeria Looks to the World for Response

MSNBC’s Joy Reid talks with Nigerian journalist China Okasi about the absence of widespread international condemnation following the most recent attacks in west Africa by Boko Haram that have reportedly killed thousands:

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