Monday, March 08, 2010

'At least five hundred dead in Nigeria religious attacks'

article. But the strange thing is that as terrible as it might be it doesn't look like it was religiously motivated. True, the people who did it were Muslim and the victims were Christian, but according to the article itself the attack followed increasing hostility between the two tribes that the people involved belong to, hostility that started with cattle theft. Stealing cattle in a pastoralist society does not a religious war make. The attacks were brutal, with the victims both being hacked to death and also mainly being women and children, but there's always the context that they exist in that gives or doesn't give confirmation to our perception of the story.

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