Despite screaming at the top of their lungs “Tous Charlie!” [We’re All Charlie] and pledging to stand together with the whole world against the horrors of terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism, Europeans have largely ignored the Garissa University College massacre, the brutal bloodshed in which 148 students were murdered, Jeremie Breaud wrote on Le Huffington Post.
The spirit of Charlie Hebdo does not extend to Africa or anywhere outside of the Western world. In the aftermath of the al-Shabaab attack on Garissa University College, media reports about the tragedy have been sparse, hashtags with the word “Garissa” did not go viral on social media and world leaders did not march on the streets of Nairobi.
Once again a tragedy in Africa is being ignored in the media. Not impressed.— Georgina Blewett (@redbeanmilktea) 6 апреля 2015
Compared to the Western media’s overwhelming reaction to the Paris events, when a dozen people were killed in the Charlie Hebdo shooting, the media coverage of the incident in Garissa has been insufficient, especially considering the scale and barbarity of the Kenyan tragedy.
Those same African leaders, who attended the Paris unity march mourning the victims of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, were silent after the Garissa massacre. Nobody came to Kenya to support people killed by Al-Shabaab because there was not enough international publicity, La Nouvelle Tribune said.
Currently, the Europeans are busy with the situation in Ukraine, the economy, immigration, Islamic State and the radicalization of European youth. It seems that Europeans are not too worried about the death of 148 Africans, after all, don’t they die every now and then trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea on boats?