Why are “pro-life” conservatives silent on Boko Haram?

This past Saturday, in the dead of night, Boko Haram opened fire on Dalori village in Nigeria. The attackers, armed with machine guns,  killed an estimated 65 people, injuring over 130. From CNN:

The attack happened Saturday night, right after evening prayers.

‘We had just finished evening prayers when the gunmen came to our village and indiscriminately opened fire and set fire to homes,’ resident Kulo Sheriff said.

‘They detonated two bombs, which added to our fright and confusion. Everybody fled into the bush from where we saw our homes burning.’

Some local media reported 20 or more of the victims were burned alive in their homes in the attack.

Survivor Alamin Bakura sobbed as he spoke to AP by telephone, relaying what he witnessed. According to Bakura, who lost several family members in the massacre, he could hear children screaming as they burned to death.




Boko Haram killed nearly 11,000 people last year, including children. This is the group that kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls, prompting the hashtag, “Bring Back Our Girls.” Approximately 200 are still missing. Boko Haram often uses young girls as suicide bombers, some as young as 10 years old. Mausi Segun of Human Rights Watch, told NPR Boko Haram would not use the girls they have kidnapped:

It’s very doubtful, from our own research, that the group would be willing to use youth that they have abducted – one, because I think that in their warped thinking, the place and the reward of a suicide bomber is martyrdom. And their reward would be paradise, in their thinking. For the women and girls who have been brutally abducted, they would not be deserving of any kind of reward. I think that they consider it as a privilege, and you – probably you have to be a privileged member of the group – or your parent – before you can be given this all-important, horrible task.

All of this brings us to the question at hand: Why are “pro-life” conservatives silent on Boko Haram? This is a terrorist group that kidnaps girls, rapes and kills them, forces young girls to strap on explosives and kill, and kills children during their village massacres. Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to ISIS, and is poised to eclipse ISIS’s death toll if they are allowed to continue their reign of terror in Nigeria.

Boko Haram has not attacked a Western target. Boko Haram kills only black children, kidnaps black children, blows up black children. Black children only matter to many conservatives before they’re born, when they can be used as rhetoric to ban abortion. The children who screamed as fire consumed them in Dalori village don’t matter. This attack happened before the Iowa caucus, and not one “pro-life” candidate mentioned it. Sadly, neither did the Democratic candidates. Boko Haram is as deadly as ISIS, and possibly more so, given their penchant for kidnapping and murdering children.

But since this is all happening in Africa, and not anywhere we have “interests” (translation: oil, military allies), those screaming children don’t matter. Such silence from us, from presidential candidates, and especially, the “pro-life.” It would seem being “pro-life” is similar to being a conservative Christian: you cherry pick the children you care about just like you cherry pick the Bible.

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Erin Nanasi is a writer, mom, wife, liberal, and lover of wombats. She is the creator of The Bachmann Diaries, Satirical Excerpts from Michele Bachmann's Diaries. Her interview with Bobby Seale, the co-founder of the original Black Panthers, is part of an archive collection at U. C. Berkeley. Erin hates writing about herself in the third person.
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