Lagos -? A senior United States official has bemoaned the lack of solidarity
by the international community, and African nations, with Nigeria and
fellow countries beset by terror.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary at the
Bureau of African Affairs raised concern at the US House of Representatives in
"Do African lives matter? There’s rarely a protest
when we hear that Africans have been killed on the continent of Africa,"
"There’s rarely a protest every single day when we
hear that Boko Haram is killing people," the official pointed out.
"We get protests in front of the State Department
all the time – protesting all kinds of human rights violations."
She said all countries, ordinary men and women in Africa,
the United States, and abroad need to raise their voices and send a message
against Boko Haram’s violence.
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She noted the outcry in Nigeria and internationally over
the killings of the Chibok school girls was "impressive – but was
Over 200 girls were abducted in 2014 and have not been
"We waited to hear what people would say. Those
protests, once they started, helped greatly to raise awareness of Boko Haram’s
brutality. But they were only a start."
Thomas-Greenfield urged African Ambassadors based in the
United States to advocate for more resources in the fight against Boko Haram,
and greater cooperation among the Lake Chad Basin countries.
"You need to report back to your governments that
there is an intense interest here in Washington in helping them to find a
solution to this incredible problem."
The insurgency has killed more than 20 000 people and
displaced over 2 million.
In 2015 and the current year, the United States
is providing more than $195 million in humanitarian assistance for Boko
Haram-affected populations, including internally displaced persons and refugees.
- CAJ News