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Why isn’t #PrayForMogadishu trending?

It was Somalia’s deadliest terrorist attack

By Hope Johnson

It’s pretty well known that news about terror attacks in Africa don’t always make our screen in the UK – unfortunately due to their huge number – usually leaving people saying ‘what!?’ when you mention something from the regional news.

However, a pretty large event that people should know about is the bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia that happened on Sunday. This attack has left 350 plus people dead and/or missing in the mayhem.

A truck bomb exploded next to an oil tanker and left over 150 people burned beyond recognition. This obviously makes it a lot harder to identify them. Not a lot is known about the attack but here’s what we have so far:

Officials have blamed the al-shabab terrorist group (which is a branch of the well-known al –Qaeda) but this is yet to have been confirmed by the group themselves.

There have been small protests against the attack, especially against the rest of the world turning a blind eye! However, many people are too scared of the repercussions from these terrorist organisations to do anything drastic about it.

People are also wearing red bandanas around their heads in a show of solidarity against the event. Even governmental and security officials are rallying behind this small show of force in troubled times.

In the midst of this horrible event however, the world seems to be turning a blind eye. What’s the most common thing to happen after any terrorist attack? Thousands of people turn to social media and hashtag ‘pray for…’ or ‘I am…’.

But this hasn’t happened this time. As is the case with a lot of attacks that happen outside of Europe and North America, the world is silent. Despite the attack on Sunday being the deadliest attack in Somalia since the launch of the Islamic terrorist insurgency in 2007, the hashtag warriors of the world seem to have more important things to discuss.

On Facebook, things like IKEA recalling millions of dressers and the Orionids meteor shower seem to be of a higher priority to the public.

Whether people have heard of this tragedy or not, it is definitely not something that the Somali community will forget in a hurry. And let’s be honest, if what had happened in Mogadishu happened in Barcelona or Paris or London, the world wouldn’t still be talking about IKEA…


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