Fighting Africa’s ISIS: Mediating a US Response to Boko Haram
By Michael Smerconish
November 11, 2014
In the days and weeks following April 14, 2014, social media erupted with talk over the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, a response to the abduction of close to 300 female Nigerian students by the terrorist group Boko Haram. The internet was quickly flooded with pictures of celebrities; the likes of Michelle Obama, Justin Timberlake, and Ellen DeGeneres, among others, posted photos of themselves holding signs with slogans like “REAL MEN DON’T BUY GIRLS.”
More than five months after the fact, however, and public outcry has ceased despite the fact that only a single girl has been “brought back.” As the eyes of the world have become locked on ISIS and a deteriorating Middle East, Nigeria’s domestic terror issues have only worsened. While the US is justified in its decision to focus on the greater threat that is the Islamic State, continued logistical and intelligence aid to Nigeria must become a greater priority.