January 13, 2015
Pham on Terrorism in France and Nigeria
Without a sense of urgency or a direct threat, the American and European public are unlikely to react to attacks in Nigeria in the same way as they react to attacks in Paris.
And besides Americans have grown numb to the level of violence throughout the African continent, said J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council. Boko Haram alone killed an estimated 10,000 people in 2014.
"There's a sense that 'That's Africa, bad things happen. This is Paris, it's a Western country. This shouldn't happen,'" Pham explained. "We're conditioned by years of reports coming out of Africa to expect this type of thing in Africa."