Lack of Coverage on Somalia Bombings

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Lack of Coverage on Somalia Bombings

Ralph Ellis, CNN

Ralph Ellis, CNN

Ralph Ellis, CNN

Molly Caldwell, Journalist

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On October 14, 2017, at least 358 people were killed in Mogadishu, Somalia, after a blast caused by two truck bombs. This marks the deadliest terrorist attack in the country. Despite the multiple bombings carried out by a terrorist group known as Al-Shabaab, the recent bombings have yet to be claimed.

As more bodies are being uncovered and funerals begin, American citizens seem silent. Why does the media not cover this tragedy the way we stood with the Paris attack in 2015 or the Boston marathon bombings, where over 100x fewer people died?

There seems to be a double standard. Despite minimal coverage from new sources like Time and CNN, the tragedy is hardly getting airtime. Nadifa Mohamed, a British-Somali novelist wrote,So how many dead Somalis does it take to muster the kind of sympathy that gushes out for cities closer to home? Well, it seems that 358 dead is too low.” Whether it is the feeling of detachment because of the distance or lack of media coverage, many believe that the lack of sympathy is unfair.

Media coverage is low but that does not mean that the attack is being ignored. According to Time, The United States has spoken out against the bombing, saying “such cowardly attacks reinvigorate the commitment of the United States to assist our Somali and African Union partners to combat the scourge of terrorism.”

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