I’m not sure what there is to say about the news that has been coming out of Nigeria this last week.
When I first saw the word ‘massacre’ in a headline about the execution of at least 2,000 people last week (by Boko Haram), I was hoping for journalistic hyperbole – but, sadly a massacre did happen.
Women, children, old men, animals – all of them – killed in some form of feeding frenzy insanity.
The slaughter was biblical. An entire nation is traumatized.
Nigeria has more than 170 million people. All week the nation has grieved.
You may not have heard of the slaughter. What with the 12 French people who were also killed last week.
There has been hardly a peep of the Nigerian massacre in the western media. Here, all eyes have been on Paris.
How quickly I realized that a bloodbath in Africa is hardly more relevant to most of us today than it was 100 years ago.
Science and technology may be revealing more marvellous secrets of the universe today than we ever once thought possible.
But at an essential human level – on the level of our humanity towards one another – we have barely moved an inch.
In that regard, we are still chasing the boogie man shadow, as it flickers amongst the shadows of our cave walls.
Numbers: 25:4: And the Lord said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the Lord against the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord may be turned away from Israel.
Joshua: 6:21-25): And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword…And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord.