After kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls last month, Boko Haram extremists have furthered their campaign against the Nigerian government. This time, the group attacked three villages in the country’s northern and central region, resulting in at least 48 deaths.
According to CNN, “the last four days have seen devastating bomb attacks in Jos, in central Nigeria, as well as a suicide bombing in Kano – the largest city in the north. Two more villages in the state of Borno, Boko Haram’s stronghold in the northeast, came under attack, with at least 30 civilians killed. There have also been two bomb attacks in the federal capital, Abuja, in the last five weeks.”
The attacks took place between Tuesday night and early Wednesday near the town of Chibok, where schoolgirls at the center of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign were abducted. “We saw our village up in flames as we hid in the bush waiting for the dawn; we lost everything,” a local man named Apagu Maidaga of Alagarno village told The Associated Press. “We expect to find more bodies in the rubble.”
In response to the horrible acts, President Goodluck Jonathan told Nigerians that the government “remains fully committed to winning the war against terror.”
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SHINE AWARDS: Best Use Of Social Media
1. Alicia Keys Twitter
Celebrities are often noted for their involvement in social media whenever there¹s drama involved‹whether they¹re bickering with friends or other famous people. However, there are those super stars who engage their friends and fans in an uplifting manner. Enter Alicia Keys. The singer/songwriter gathered photos from her own collection as well as fans and put together a video collage for her "A New Day" Instagram video. The pictures featured beautiful flora, people cheering, persevering and generally engaging in inspirational activity.
2. Michelle Obama Twitter
One of the most unique things about President Barack Obama's campaign‹since his first run in 2008‹is his use of social media. Obama's camp utilized Twitter and other social media platforms to urge people to vote and Michelle Obama, like the supportive wife that she is, hopped online and went to bat for her man also. When she's not tweeting support for her hubby, she's pushing for parents across America to help their children lead healthy lifestyles via her Let's Move program, which also includes a website that offers statistics about the rising childhood obesity epidemic, as well as tips for how people can be proactive to help reverse this national problem.
3. Gabrielle Union Twitter
"Whatever you put on social media (racist crap, homophobic slurs, sexual pics, threats, etc) CAN & WILL affect your life & future opportunities," is sage advice once tweeted by Gabrielle Union, who makes it clear that she is not on any social networking sites for the drama because she wants to present herself to the public in a classy way. Holding true to being a sophisticated lady, Union makes sure to retweet her fans whenever they say something positive and as an avid Barack Obama supporter, she utilized Twitter to promote Obama's platform but also the importance of voting in general. She's beauty, grace and brains. What more could anyone ask for?
4. Melissa Harris- Perry
Melissa Harris-Perry is a professor, author, political pundit and the latest addition to MSNBC¹s weekend lineup. Despite having an already busy schedule teaching political science at Tulane University, Perry finds time to fly to New York City on the weekends to host her eponymous show. Clips from said show can always be found online and they get people talking because Perry is opinionated, informative and has a no holds bar approach to TV hosting. She never misses a beat when it comes to telling it like it is and isn¹t afraid to be passionate about a subject matter whether it¹s the politics of Black hair or unfair assumptions made about poor people in American. Browsing her twitter stream is a great way to get news because she¹s always releasing thoroughly informed blurbs about what's going on in the world.
5. Holly Robinson-Peete
At 303, 175 Twitter followers, it¹s obvious that Holly Robinson Peete knows how to engage an audience on the web. Even better is the fact that the actress, TV host and activist uses her platform for to educate the public about autism. Peete has been an autism activist since discovering that her oldest son is afflicted with the condition and often uses the hashtag #crazyautismmommy when she is talking about doing mommy type activities like attending games, meets and the similar events to support her son. She also doesn¹t hesitate to put people in their place when necessary. This past summer, she took on 50 Cent who tweeted some disparaging remarks about autism while trying to diss someone else. Once Peete got wind of the situation, she sprang into action and explained what autism is with statistical information and informed 50 that it¹s not OK to use the affliction as an insult against other people. Peete¹s admonishment of 50 Cent was so affective that the rapper actually tweeted an apology.