Why did the world ignore Boko Haram’s Baga attacks?  ✂︎

In Nigeria, another crisis was unfolding, as reports came through of an estimated 2,000 casualties after an attack by Boko Haram militants on the town of Baga in the north-eastern state of Borno. Amnesty International described as the terror group’s “deadliest massacre” to date, and local defence groups said they had given up counting the bodies left lying on the streets.

Reporting in northern Nigeria is notoriously difficult; journalists have been targeted by Boko Haram, and, unlike in Paris, people on the ground are isolated and struggle with access to the internet and other communications. Attacks by Boko Haram have disrupted connections further, meaning that there is an absence of an online community able to share news, photos and video reports of news as it unfolds.

(h/t @newadvent)

Weekly Clippings: Sacred and Profane Edition

I know it has been about a month since I published anything original, but I promise that I am indeed working on some things.

Meanwhile, this week has had two relatively unknown news stories rise to the surface among Catholic writers.  One, a story of horror and death.  The other, a story of heroic courage and virtue. Continue reading →