Tiananmen Square, Rwanda, Somalia, Tsunami in 2005, Earthquake in Haiti. Just a list of world tragedies that quickly come to mind in the past 30 years. Sadly, there are many, many others that could easily be added to the list. The thought here though, is about an article I just read: Nigeria religious riot bodies found in village wells.
Events like these are simply marked with an article or soundbyte on a news agency website. While I’m sure we’ve all heard of the conflict in Nigeria at some level previously, I doubt if any of us know a great deal about the reasons, history, and current outlook. With no major call for relief efforts, no immediate celebrity cry for action, no easily recognizable connection to our “every-day” North American lives it exists in the background static, like so many other conflicts and hardships.
Do we have a role to play here, or in many other places? I’m sure I’m not alone in these thoughts, they just happened to get spilled here today. Once again, questions and few answers.