#StopTheKilling: A Social Campaign on #BornoYobeMassacre By Ayomidotun [PHOTOS, VIDEO]
SO THAT WE DO NOT FORGET THE ONES WE LOST!
Another tragedy, one too many…
The event of Tuesday 25th February 2014 remains still fresh in our minds. In the early hours of the day, suspected members of the extremist religious sect, Boko Haram, invaded the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, in Gujiba Local Government Area of Yobe State (roughly 60 km (40 miles) from Damaturu, the state capital). Scores of students and teachers were killed in the attacked, with the final death toll pegged at 59. Accounts by survivors revealed that the assailants gathered students and teachers into one dormitory, where they opened gunfire, hauled explosive devices at them and set the place ablaze.
This wasn’t the first time schools have been targeted by this terrorist insurgence. The college was the fourth educational institution attacked in the state in the last eight months. Last September 40 students were killed at an agricultural college in Gujba town (about 35 km south of the state capital) during a similar nighttime raid; but it seems we are quick to forget such incidents.
Those who died become inconsequential as we get caught up in a number game where the authority reports a certain number of casualties, which would completely differ from eyewitness’s accounts.
After such terrible attacks citizens are not able to access reliable information when it matters most. It is almost impossible to find information on the identity of victims and they are just reduced to numbers and statistics in the growing list of unsolved terrorist attacks.
As ordinary citizens there is little that we can do directly, except to keep pressurizing the government to take drastic actions against the insurgence, while we wait like sitting ducks, wondering when and where Boko Haram would strike next.
In Nigeria, the public memory is very short; it doesn’t take long before we move on to the next trending news or sensational scandal, and you wonder “for how long would we continue like this?” So we made it our campaign that “So that we do not forget” else we become desensitized and lose our humanity in the process.
We gathered some kids, age between 5 – 13 years old, and we told them what was going on and we want them to do. We weren’t sure what to expect and we were shocked by some of their actions and reactions.
And the end of the day, we hope this little effort of ours will light the spark that would generate viral conversation online.
We look forward to a scenario where parents and guardians replicate our actions, and permit their children and wards to create similar images (equally thought-provoking) and upload online with the hash tags #StopTheKilling #BornoYobeMassacre.
Everybody that took part in the campaign did so out of their own freewill;
Director: Ayomidotun Freeborn
Logistics: Ayodele Weke
DOP/Editing: Gbenga Sawyerr
Photography: Demola Ajayi Photography
Soundtrack written & voice by: Gbenga Sawyerr & Chinyere Ani
Soundtrack produced by: Emeka Orji
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