Nigeria's kidnapped girls and slaughtered boys
“I abducted the girls at a Western education school,” said Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram. “And you are disturbed. I said Western education should end... I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah. There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell; he commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women.”
“It is Allah that instructed us,” added Shekau. “Until we soak the ground of Nigeria with Christian blood and so-called Muslims contradicting Islam. After we have killed, killed, killed, and get fatigue and wondering what to do with their corpses — smelling of Obama, Bush and Jonathan (Nigerian president Goodluck) — will open prison and be imprison the rest. Infidels have no value.”
The kidnapping of 276 (Christian) girls by the (Muslim) group Boko Haram is heartbreaking. It is most urgent, right and proper that Western political leaders do all they can to secure their freedom and restore them to their families and loved ones before they are sold off as child brides for $12 for a life of domestic slavery and spiritual oppression. Michelle Obama thinks YouTube and Instagram can help; David Cameron has taken to Twitter with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls; and the Archbishop of Canterbury has issued a press release. All of these social-media efforts help to raise the profile of this appalling case and keep it high in the headlines. The UK has sent counter-terrorism and intelligence experts to work alongside the US team already out there. "We stand ready to do anything more that the Nigerians would want," the Prime Minister pledged.
The thing is..
Nigeria's boys have been routinely abducted, tortured, shot or burned alive for years.
There has been no YouTube or Instagram from The White House; no tweet from No10; and no press release from Lambeth Palace.
Of course it is unconscionable to target innocent Christian girls simply because they are being educated in a 'Western' way ('Boko Haram' means 'Western education is forbidden'). It is an act of moral depravity to force them into marriage or sell them into sex slavery and a wretched life of unimaginable horror. They will doubtless be raped and 'converted' to the way of Allah, just as untold thousands of women and girls have been for centuries right across the Prophet's lands.
But boys are targeted, too. Not usually to be raped or forcibly converted, but tortured and burned alive.
Where is the outrage? Where is the heartbrokenness? Are they not worth even a hashtag?