Keeping It Current: Yola

Man, my posts can’t be anymore cheerful these days. Apparently this is just that time of year for terrorism and heinous acts of hatred. Let’s see if this incident will make it to the American public. Let’s see if there will be a Nigerian flag filter. Let’s see if we get a nice hashtag like “#prayforyola” or “#prayfornigeria”.

So, around 8pm today (the 17th), there was a market bombing in Yola, Adamawa, Nigeria (Nigeria, the country, is separated into different states, each with their own capital). The frequented market area contained a mosque, a cafeteria, and fruit, vegetable, and live stock stands. The blast occurred during one of the busiest times of day for the market. 32 people were killed while at least 80 were injured. This happened in less than a month of two different suicide bombings at two different mosques in two different Nigerian cities. (WHAT?! Where was this in the news?!) As of now, no one knows who the culprits might be or what group they’re associated with. Some assume that the blame will be pinned on the group Boko Haram, which is known for killing thousands under the premise of pushing for Islamic law in northeast Nigeria and its surrounding African countries. The group has killed around at least 17,000 and has left at least 25,000 homeless since its uprising in 2009.

That’s a lot of lives and homes lost.

Let’s see where this good ol’ American solidarity is for Nigeria.

In the meantime, my heart goes out to all of those who have lost their lives, or the lives of their loved ones, and/ or their homes during this whole ordeal. No one deserves to be treated like this. Especially the innocent people who were just trying to get something to eat, or to worship. Peace be upon them.

Domin gudumawar da shuwagabaninmu ‘yan kishin kasa suka bada; Kada ta zama a banza; Muyi aiki da zuciya daya da girmamawa a gareta; Domin ta kasance kasa daya mai yanci ga kowa tare da hadin kai da zaman lafiya.*

*written in Hausa, the second most popular language in Nigeria, second to English.


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