Obama Responds to Brussels Attacks While in Cuba but Forgets Multiple Attacks in Africa


While visiting Cuba, President Obama responded to a terror attack where an estimated 30 people died and 230 were wounded from bombings at the Brussels airport and on a train in the Belgian capital.

The President asked the world to unite after suspected Islamist extremists targeted the Brussels airport and a train during rush hour.

“We must be together regardless of nationality or race or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism,” Obama told a news conference in Cuba. “We can and we will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world.”

His news conference calls for unity again. Last year, the president also asked for unity after the Paris attacks that had nearly 130 causalities. The president commonly asks for unity after European attacks with white casualties, but when it comes to sub-Saharan Black Africans, he is relatively quiet.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been an estimated 150 people murdered by the terrorist group Boko Haram. According to Newsweek, on March 16, Boko Haram attacked a mosque in Maiduguri, Nigeria, killing at least 22 people.

On Monday, four gunmen with no confirmed ties to a terrorist organization attacked a hotel hosting an EU military training mission in Mali’s capital. The attack in Mali was thwarted by EU security guards. This attack is one of the few that did not result in the deaths of multiple people. No one was hurt, but reports from Agence France-Presse suggests that the gunmen were connected to Boko Haram or Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

The Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb group has been responsible for attacks in Mali going back to 2012. They took credit for the November 2015 hotel attack that had 22 causalities. The Al-Qaeda offshoot has also been identified as  suspects in various attacks in West Africa, including those at a beach resort in the Ivory Coast this month and another in Burkina Faso in January.

After these various attacks, Boko Haram has been deemed the most dangerous terrorists in the world.

Last week, two suicide bombers blew up a mosque in Maiduguri, Nigeria that killed 22 citizens. The country has been a hotbed of terror attacks, and there has been very little call for world unity afterward.

According a new report from the World Bank, about 20,000 people have been killed since the start of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s Borno State, with damages estimated at $5.9 billion. This new information was released today, and there has been very little said from the White House.

While the world weeps for the victims of Brussels, people globally have ignored the thousands of African causalities from terror. This racial bias goes beyond media coverage; it is political as well.

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