Nigeria: Red Cross reports 22,000 missing in Boko Haram’s jihad, mostly children

While the persecution of Nigeria’s Christians by Fulani jihadists is approaching genocidal levels, Boko Haram is also waging jihad against Christian families, murdering them wantonly, separating families, and committing unspeakable abuses against innocent people; such news, however, is not regularly reported by the mainstream media and when it is, it is certainly not featured prominently.

Had the report been about 22,000 missing Muslims, mostly children, in a Christian country or in Israel, the world would be up in arms, as it should be. But why the difference in treatment of victims?

“Red Cross: 22,000 missing in Nigerian Boko Haram jihad,” 

LAGOS, Nigeria: Nearly 22,000 people, mostly children, are missing as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, the Red Cross said on Thursday.

The jihadist uprising which started in 2009 has killed more than 27,000 people, displaced some two million, and spilt over into neighbouring countries, sparking a dire humanitarian crisis.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement that the nearly 22,000 Nigerians constituted the highest number of missing persons registered with the organisation in any country.

Some 60 percent of the total were minors at the time they went missing, meaning that thousands of parents do not know where their children are and if they are alive or dead, according to the Red Cross.

“Every parent’s worst nightmare is not knowing where their child is. This is the tragic reality for thousands of Nigerian parents, leaving them with the anguish of a constant search,” ICRC President Peter Maurer said at the end of a five-day visit to Nigeria….

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