When I wrote my recent post on Burkina Faso, I happened to see a curious headline at one of the African websites. It told about an incident in which the U.S. Ambassador to Zambia skipped a speaking engagement on account of death threats. The death threats were on account of his remarks about homosexuality. What in sam hill is going on?
The internet is awesome, and my answer was easily found. There was angry reaction to public remarks by U.S. Ambassador Daniel L. Foote. He said things that were critical of a recent court case that convicted two men of sodomy and sentenced them to fifteen years in prison.
Ambassador Foote is a career State Department diplomat who has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Colombia. He is not some inexperienced political appointee who might be expected to shoot off his mouth in some unfamiliar culture. On the other hand, he was appointed in November, 2017, by President Obama. Continue reading “Zambia and PEPFAR”
I recently learned a new word. We already were familiar with “madrassa,” which is an Islamic school. An “Almajiri” is also an Islamic school. The word comes from Nigeria and specifically refers to a boarding school. Almajiris are in the news because the Nigerian military recently raided a number of schools.
This has been building up for months. President Buhari spoke against the Almajirai in speeches in June and July. There was a fanfare that quickly faltered in August, about some reforms in government schools.
But for a month now, Nigeria has been rocked by raids on private schools, almajirai, and the exposure led to additional raids, with some school owners, headmasters and teachers arrested, and other owners, headmasters and teachers on the run. It turned out that stolen children were being hidden in several almajirai, kept as slaves in shackles, and, in some cases, subjected to rape in addition to beatings.
Continue reading “Almajiri”
No, not those girls from Chibok. At least 150 of those girls have never been heard from.
This was 22 girls who were freed by the Nigerian military, along with 125 boys, from a “school” where they were imprisoned hostages.
Continue reading “Bringing back our girls”
This post is a follow-up to my Ramadan Bombathon and June posts about Muslim jihad in Africa. This is a story of great violence wrought by jihadiis in a dozen countries. This violence is a continuation of centuries of violence along the edges of Muslim lands, but the scene in Africa has become increasingly deadly in the years since the 9/11 attacks on America in 2001. That event seemed to precipitate fresh infusions of cash from oil-rich Arabs, who gave support to Wahhabi madrassas that taught violent jihad, and who gave money for purchase of black market small arms to give to jihadiis all over the world.
Below I am simply listing incidents of violent jihad in Africa that made it to Christian niche media in the weeks since my post in mid-June. There were undoubtedly additional acts of violence that went unreported. None of this made it into mass media journalism in America, so all of it is probably news to y’all.... [Read More]
Ramadan ended on June 3rd this year. I posted with the overview the following week. There has been no abatement of murder and destruction. In fact, the pace of killing seems to be increasing.
This will not be reported in American mass media. Conservative niche media will only take notice of the most horrifying crimes. The murders of hundreds of Africans is only noted by Christian niche media. Most of the victims are Christians, of course, though plenty of Pagans are murdered by Muslims as well. Every now and then Muslims are killed in reprisals, and that is ten times as likely to get reported in western mass media as other violence.... [Read More]