After Mumbai, Can We Ignore Nigeria?
With mobs burning homes, churches and mosques, and a death toll in the hundreds, Nigeria is experiencing the worst violence since 1994.
The fighting began as clashes between supporters of the region’s two main political parties following the first local election in the town of Jos in more than a decade. But the violence expanded along ethnic and religious fault lines, with Hausas and members of Christian ethnic groups doing battle.
Because it’s not labeled “terror” it doesn’t get the attention of Mumbai, but it is ongoing religious tensions between Chritians and Muslims responsible for the latest flare-up.
The Red Cross said around 7,000 people had fled their homes and were sheltering in government buildings, an army barracks and religious centres.
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