If the world reaction to the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is any indication, the answers I seek do not bode well for the Christians in the north of Nigeria.
Yesterday Boko Haram continued its attack on Nigerian Christians and began a push into neighboring Cameroon, just days after it declared an Islamic State in Nigeria:
In one instance Boko Haram fighters slit the throats of three people found in a Catholic Church in the Cameroonian village of Assighassia, she said. That also is a new tactic for Boko Haram, which previously had only kidnapped Cameroon citizens for ransom.As if these numbers alone weren't bad enough, Boko Haram is responsible for the deaths of at least 1,700 people since 2010.
More than 10,000 Nigerians have crossed into Cameroon and Niger since last week, said Caux. Another 1,700 Cameroonians have fled their homes near the border to move further inland, she said. Cameroon is hosting about 39,000 Nigerian refugees and Niger some 50,000, in addition to an estimated 645,000 Nigerians displaced within the country by the Islamic insurgency, according to UNHCR figures [more].
It isn't as if we do not what Boko Haram is doing; the Congressional Research Service compiled a 24-page document of Frequently Asked Questions about the Islamist group, a document dated June 10, 2014.
Yes, Boko Haram has displaced three times as many people as ISIS, and what is the world reaction? Nothing!