by Peter Baum, originally published 04-June-2021
About Sahel, Africa
Editor’s Note: As shown in the image above, the Sahel of Africa spans 5,900 km (3,670 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Red Sea in the east, in a belt that varies from several hundred to a thousand kilometers (c. 600 miles) in width, covering an area of 3,053,200 square kilometers (1,178,850 sq mi).
The Sahel region comprises the countries of
Stretching East to West across the top of the African continent famine, slavery, human and drug trafficking, Islamic fundamentalism, apartheid, and inhumanity on the black African populations are the norm and have been for decades.
Mainstream media is disinterested as is the United Nations, the European Union, the Arab League, Global Charities, the African Union, the Arab League, Charities, and NGOs.
BLM Does Nothing for the People of Sahel
Paradoxically, Black Lives Matter ignores the plight of their black African brothers suffering at the brutality of Islamic fundamentalists.
BLM apparently is more interested in the plight of Palestinians who are actually financial, political, and military beneficiaries of the Islamic atrocities committed on black Africans.
How is this possible?
Farrakhan Also Does Nada for the People Of Sahel
And where does Louis Farrakhan fit in?
Is he supportive of the atrocities inflicted on indigenous black Africans given those inflicting the atrocities are black and brown Islamists?
Why does he maintain silence on the atrocities inflicted on these black Africans?
What do his followers think?
Or are his followers too stupid to think – or indeed understand – what is going on in this geographical area that is supposedly so dear to their hearts?
The Global Inertia of Genocides
For years, I have been writing articles on the global inertia of the genocides -and I do not use the genocide term lightly, being perpetrated by brown and black Muslims on black indigenous Africans.
It is staggering to me that millions of black Africans – yes millions of black Africans are being killed, abused, trafficked, orphaned, ethnically cleansed, and stripped of what little wealth they have by dominant and racially different Islamists.
In Mauritania, apartheid and slavery are part of daily life and indigenous black Africans are the victims.
In Mali, Burkino Faso, and Nigeria, atrocities committed by Islamists on black Africans occur virtually every three days.
One has to search the media output for evidence but the evidence is there and is ignored by those in power.
More Examples of BLM and Farrakhan Hypocrisy
The articles below will illuminate the kind of behaviours inflicted on the black inhabitants that I allude to.
Again I ask, I beg, how is this allowed to go unchallenged and accepted as the norm when the whole world protests about the death of one black man at the hands of a white cop?
And yet the atrocities on the scale undertaken in the Sahel region of Africa are ignored?
Below is just one of the numerous articles exposing an atrocity in Niger.
When can any one of our readers remember any of our mainstream news broadcasters ever reporting on the woes betiding the black victims of Islamic butchery in this country?
Why Does Niger’s Black Lives NOT Matter?
EXCERPT: Civilians across the Central Sahel are facing increased attacks by Islamist armed groups and state security forces, as well as inter-communal violence perpetrated by rival militias. Almost 7,000 people were killed during 2020, making it the deadliest year in the Central Sahel since the conflict began. In Burkina Faso and Mali, more civilians were killed by local militias and national security forces than by attacks by Islamist armed groups.
Violence and instability have been endemic in Mali since 2012 when Tuareg separatists and Islamist armed groups seized territory in the north following a military coup. Despite the presence of several international forces, including a UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSMA), the conflict in Mali has expanded from a separatist rebellion into inter-communal and extremist violence.
The International Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Mali has reported that between 2012-2018 Islamist armed groups committed crimes against humanity and war crimes, including murder, torture, recruitment of children, maiming, rape, and other forms of sexual violence, as well as attacks against humanitarian workers and MINUSMA. More than 130 MINUMSA peacekeepers have been killed since July 2013, including six since January 2021. … click here to continue viewing…
Why Does Burkina Faso’s Black Lives NOT Matter?
Similarly in the African country of Burkino Faso, atrocities on indigenous black Africans are a weekly occurrence and again I just expose one such article as evidence.
Will the BBC or CNN ever report on this country’s murderous Islamists?
Will BLM continue to ignore the murders being committed on their black African brothers in this particular country?
And if so, why are these black African lives so unworthy of protest by the BLM movement?
EXCERPT: Atrocities by armed Islamist groups active in Burkina Faso and by the Burkinabè security forces in the course of counterterrorism operations have significantly increased since mid-2018, according to recent studies and other sources, leaving scores dead, and forcing tens of thousands of villagers to flee their homes. While the violence and insecurity have spread throughout the country, the epicenter of abuse and insecurity remains the northern Sahel region, which borders Mali and Niger.
Burkina Faso has been grappling with armed Islamist insurgent groups since the emergence in 2016 of Ansaroul Islam, a homegrown group with roots in the country’s Sahel region. Ansaroul Islam and a patchwork of groups linked to both Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) have attacked army bases, police, and gendarme posts, and civilian targets including in the capital, Ouagadougou, leaving several hundred dead, including security force members and civilians.
This report documents alleged atrocities by both the armed Islamists and the security forces in the Sahel region, from mid-2018 until February 2019. The abuses were documented during a research trip to Ouagadougou in January 2019 and in phone interviews in February and March. Human Rights Watch interviewed 92 victims and witnesses to abuses as well as leaders from the ethnic Bella, Foulse, Mossi, and Peuhl communities; justice and defense ministry officials; health workers; diplomats; and security analysts. … click here to continue viewing…
Why Does Slave Black Lives NOT Matter?
Apartheid in South Africa in the latter half of the last century was a daily media fest.
In North African Mauritania, where apartheid has been inflicted on the black population for centuries, it and slavery are conveniently ignored.
Yes, slavery still occurs in Africa.
The victims are still back Africans and the slavers are brown Caucasian Muslims.
And this is given no media exposure but ironically statues of former white slavers are torn down and command global and repeated media exposure.
Yet modern-day slavery is ignored.
This is madness – or is it?
I think it is by design.
Slavery Is In the Same Room, Just New Furniture
And this is surely the paradox of all paradoxes…
Our horror at slavery and colonialism is expressed in protest as I have mentioned culminating in the destruction of public monuments.
Yet slavery is an ongoing cultural phenomenon in North Africa and the victims are as they were since time immemorial, indigenous black Africans.
The perpetrators are no longer linked to white colonials but Islamists and this is sufficient reason to ignore modern-day slavery it seems.
Actually, it is surely cowardice on the part of those protesting either directly or in the media.
The fear of being labeled an Islamophobe is a sufficient reason to ignore the plight of the enslaved Black Africans in modern society.
The hypocrisy is nauseating and the silence is assent.
EXCERPT: About 40 million people globally are estimated by the United Nations to be modern-day slaves, but no data exists on how many are freed or escape — and face a fresh ordeal as they seek basic services and support to start life anew.
As Mauritania begins to emerge from a decades-old tradition of descent-based slavery, activists say tens of thousands are in Essatim’s situation —struggling to get by each day.
Activists say improving their lot is harder than ending slavery, and just as crucial to repairing race relations and maintaining peace. Mauritania was the last country to abolish slavery – in 1981 – and criminalized it in 2007.
The Global Slavery Index, published annually by human rights group Walk Free Foundation, estimates that 2 percent of the population, or 90,000 Mauritanians, are still enslaved. … click here to continue viewing…
If those in power are disinterested then surely Black Lives Matter should be interested.
But they are not and their silence as I’ve stated is surely assent.
BLM appears very selective about which Black Lives Matter, possibly being afraid of Islamic fundamentalism.
As noted above various protests, certainly in the United Kingdom and the USA have concentrated on exposing colonialist monuments and tearing them down to the delight of the baying mob.
These people remind me of the thirst for blood the Romans emitted before Christians were slaughtered for their amusement.
One should expect that those responsible should be criminally prosecuted as those monuments no matter how offensive are publicly owned should only be removed as part of a public debate or democratic decision-making process.
The Republic of Ireland has numerous memorials on public display to Nazi collaborators that the Irish are seemingly openly proud of.
Indeed the Republic of Ireland has more of these memorials than any other country in the world.
So much for their supposed neutrality in WWII.
Well, they were the only country in the world to send condolences on the death of Hitler.
Apologies, I digressed again…
Statues of slavers 3 centuries-old are pulled down but no protests on modern-day slavers such as the Arab Muslims in Libya, for example.
Slavery forms a major part of Libyan gross domestic product given the number of people employed.
Human trafficking of black indigenous Africans by Islamists is a major and lucrative export to Europe.
And yet, no protests from BLM, no howls of fury from those politicians so vociferous about the injustice to George Floyd.
The silence is once again deafening.
And if any organisation should be outraged, surely it should be Black Lives Matter.
But they too keep their BLM mouths shut.
Clearly, certain Black Lives Do Not Matter to Black Lives Matter.
My belief is that the BLM movement is afraid to confront those currently perpetrating the modern-day brutalities on blacks, that is the Islamists.
BLM is scared of the repercussions.
Below are just examples of numerous similar incidents of atrocities committed on indigenous black Africans in a few of the countries referred to.
Make up your own minds as to why such atrocities are not given the exposure by mainstream media they certainly deserve.
Even More Examples Of BLM And Farrakhan Hypocrisy
Why Does Libya’s Black Lives NOT Matter?
EXCERPT: (Beirut) – The Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LAAF) should urgently investigate evidence that fighters affiliated with it apparently tortured, summarily executed, and desecrated corpses of opposing fighters, Human Rights Watch said today.
The attacks by the armed group, which is under the command of General Khalifa Hiftar, were recorded and posted on social media in May 2020. One video shows fighters whom Human Rights Watch has identified as being linked to the armed group beating a man whom they later claimed to have killed. Another shows people Human Rights Watch also identified as fighters with the group apparently desecrating the body of a detained fighter linked with the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).
“Khalifa Hiftar needs to urgently hold his forces accountable for any war crimes they are committing and apparently advertising online,” said Hanan Salah, senior Libya researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Senior LAAF leadership has ignored these crimes, but they should be held accountable by domestic and international courts for complicity in abuses.” … click here to continue viewing…
Why Does Mali’s Black Lives NOT Matter?
EXCERPT: Islamist armed groups have concentrated their recruitment efforts on the pastoralist Peuhl by exploiting their grievances with the state and other ethnic groups. Recruitment from the Peuhl community inflamed tensions within the agrarian Bambara, Dogon, and Tellem communities, who – in the face of inadequate security from the Malian state – formed self-defense groups to protect their communities. The Peuhl also formed similar self-defense groups in response to these tensions.
This report documents dozens of attacks allegedly by ethnic militias and armed Islamist groups in central Mali from January through November 2019, during which at least 456 civilians were killed, and hundreds wounded. The attacks documented took place in more than 50 hamlets, villages, and towns in (the) Mopti region, the majority in areas along Mali’s border with Burkina Faso. Civilians were largely the targets of the attacks, including several that appeared well-planned and organized.
Human Rights Watch believes the total number of civilians killed in communal and armed Islamist attacks in central Mali in 2019 is much higher than those documented in this report given the relentless “tit-for-tat” retaliation in often-isolated areas. During these attacks, in which there were often no witnesses, people were gunned down or hacked to death as they tended cattle, worked in their fields or took goods to or from (the) market. … click here to continue viewing…
Why Does Nigeria’s Black Lives NOT Matter?
EXCERPT: Having ratified the Rome Statute, the International Criminal Court (the ICC) has territorial jurisdiction in Nigeria to investigate alleged crimes amounting to international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes. On November 18, 2010, the Prosecutor of the ICC opened a preliminary examination of the situation in Nigeria. This followed several communications received by the Office of the Prosecutor (the OTP) to the ICC as early as 2005. However, today, almost ten years later, this preliminary examination has not yet been finalized. Without its conclusion, a formal investigation cannot be opened.
The preliminary examination has focused on the crimes committed in the regions of central and northern Nigeria and the Niger Delta, and the crimes committed by Boko Haram across Nigeria. It has examined political and sectarian violence since approximately 1999, including clashes between Berom groups and Hausa-Fulani, Gamai and Jarawa, and between Hausa-Fulani Muslims and Igbo. Having identified multiple issues which require scrutiny, in its 2015 report on the progress of the preliminary examination, the OTP identified six potential cases of Boko Haram committing crimes against humanity and two cases of such crimes being committed by the Nigerian security forces. … click here to continue viewing…
Why Does Chad’s Black Lives NOT Matter?
EXCERPT: (Nairobi) – Chad’s transitional military council should scrupulously respect human rights and the rule of law, ensuring that civilians are protected and avoid any escalation of abuses against civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. The military council should also ensure a swift transition to democratic civilian rule, upholding the right of Chadians to elect their leaders in free and fair elections.
A spokesman for the Chadian army announced on national television on April 20, 2021, that President Idriss Déby Itno, 68, had died of injuries suffered in clashes between rebels and government forces. The exact circumstances of his death remain unclear. The spokesman said that the government and parliament have been dissolved, all borders have been shut, and a transitional military council headed by Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, one of Déby’s sons, will be in charge of the country for the next 18 months. This is contrary to Chad’s Constitution, which provides that in the event of the death of a president, the president of the national assembly should provisionally lead the country for 45 to 90 days before a new election.
“The potentially explosive consequences of President Déby’s death cannot be underestimated – both for the future of Chad and across the region,” said Ida Sawyer, deputy Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Chad’s regional and international partners should closely monitor the situation and use their influence to prevent abuses against civilians.” … click here to continue viewing…
Why Does Burkina Faso’s Black Lives NOT Matter?
EXCERPT: (New York) – Armed Islamist groups in Burkina Faso have committed targeted attacks and summary executions that have killed over 250 civilians since April 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. Witnesses said that assailants sought to justify killings by linking victims to the government, the West, or Christian beliefs. A surge in attacks in recent months (has) caused hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee their homes.
The armed Islamist groups responsible for the attacks began operating in neighboring Mali and from 2016 spread into Burkina Faso. Initially concentrated in Burkina Faso’s northern Sahel region, the attacks have steadily spread to the Nord, Centre-Nord, Boucle du Mouhoun, and Est regions. The groups have concentrated recruitment efforts on the nomadic Peuhl, or Fulani, by exploiting community grievances over poverty and public sector corruption. This has inflamed tensions with other largely agrarian communities, notably the Foulse, Mossi, Songhai, and Gourmantche, who have been the victims of most attacks.
“Armed Islamist groups in Burkina Faso have attacked civilians with unmitigated cruelty and utter disregard for human life,” said Corinne Dufka, West Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Deliberately targeting farmers, worshippers, mine workers, displaced people, and traders are war crimes.” … click here to continue viewing…
Why Does Mauritania’s Black Lives NOT Matter?
EXCERPT: In 1981, Mauritania made slavery illegal, the last country in the world to do so. Nonetheless, tens of thousands of people – mostly from the minority Haratine or Afro-Mauritanian groups – still live as bonded labourers, domestic servants, or child brides. Local rights groups estimate that up to 20% of the population is enslaved, with one in two Haratines forced to work on farms or in homes with no possibility of freedom, education, or pay.
Slavery has a long history in this north African desert nation. For centuries, Arabic-speaking Moors raided African villages, resulting in a rigid caste system that still exists to this day, with darker-skinned inhabitants beholden to their lighter-skinned “masters”. Slave status is passed down from mother to child, and anti-slavery activists are regularly tortured and detained. Yet the government routinely denies that slavery exists in Mauritania, instead (of) praising itself for eradicating the practice.
Members of Mauritania’s leading anti-slavery organisation, the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA), hope to oust the majority Arab-Berber government in national elections next year. The IRA leader, Biram Ould Abeid – a Haratine who was imprisoned for years before coming second in 2014’s national elections – has vowed to remove President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who came to power in a 2008 coup and has since dismantled the Senate in what critics see as a bid to broaden his powers. … click here to continue viewing…
The Last Word
In conclusion, it is inciteful to analyse why so much media attention and protests are directed so emotionally at events with relative global insignificance and no similar attention directed at genocides inflicted on the same racial group.
I believe BLM and Farrakhan are fearful of upsetting the Islamists and the media such as CNN and the BBC really don’t care about genocides.
They do care, however, about inflicting damage on those they perceive to be racists – the white working class.
Just the type of people that fit into the BLM and Farrakhan narrative for identification and abuse.
VIDEO: Lisa Kristine – Illuminating the World of Modern-day Slavery
A presentation by Lisa Kristine recorded at TEDxMaui 2012 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on January 22, 2012.
Acclaimed humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine specializes in images of remote indigenous peoples.
Best known for her evocative and saturated use of color, Kristine has collaborated with international humanitarian organizations and is often asked to present her work to inspire discussions on human rights and social change.
ADDENDUM: Social Media Censorship of This Post
Almost immediately after posting to LinkedIn, this arrived in our email…
Of course we were not going to let that due, as they are accusing us of – like any of the other legacy social media platforms – misinformation without even challenging which points were what they call misinformation.
If anything, most have learned by now that the first sign of guilt by any accuser is hiding behind vagueness.
LinkedIn removed this post and is reviewing it as we challenged their charge of misinformation.
Given how quickly it was flagged, they are relying on algorithms to do their dirty work – which is a shame as doing so only heightens the speciousness of their already overly sensitive and vague censorship policies…
Our request for a review includes a challenge to proving ANY ONE POINT that is misinformation – and that includes being given the opportunity to challenge their response.
Only a fool would think an false accuser would have a change of heart and spirit without a debate.
And if they dismiss us without such an opportunity?
Well, that’s why we have the First Amendment, this blog, our social media accounts, all our followers like you, and a spirit that is never silenced with all of us.
So our questions to LinkedIn are thus…
- Who in LinkedIn is permitting this to be categorized as misinformation, starting at the C-level suite?
- Specifically (something social media platforms are not good at any level), what is constituting misinformation in this post and why?
- When did LinkedIn become a policing platform instead of an open forum for debate?
- Where and when does LinkedIn believe slavery will stop given their pathetic censorship policies?
- Why is LinkedIn taking a stance that only emboldens the likes of dysfunctional organizations like BLM?
- How many deaths of and trafficking of slaves is LinkedIn going to permit until they have a spine to take a stand as they do for other, less life threatening, social issues?
The sources behind this story include but are not limited to…
- Global Centre for The Responsibility to Protect
- Human Rights Watch
- Voice of America News
- The Guardian
- Peter A. Baum
And we can add the works of acclaimed humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine as well to that roster as we have included her video in this post.
To say this post is misinformation is slanderous to the efforts of all those listed above not only as resources but as those who are concerned about the spread and use of slavery, not ot mention the very lives that are being ruined and still because the need to be politically correct.
Slavery – something Liberals globally say they are against, yet.. why do their actions say completely otherwise?
To say this post is misinformation is also TOTALLY DISMISSIVE of the plight of slaves globally and a pure disregard for life itself…
Something the Liberals keep thinking the U.S. needs to do something about just as long it is not another Liberal doing it.
We await LinkedIn’s response, which we predict will be just as pathetic as their censorship policies…
Perhaps we should chart the deaths of slaves from this day forward and share it globally until LinkedIn has their own awakening?
From all appearances, LinkedIn wants to be a slavery enabler…
Do the other sites similar to LinkedIn have the same response?
We will find out…
Wonder how much free advertisement we can provide LinkedIn, eh?
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About Peter A. Baum
Peter is a pro-Israel activist who challenges the fake news narrative that has permitted mythology to morph into blatant lies concerning the Israel/Arab conflict. Peter has regularly contributed on the subject matter through written articles, TV appearances, and lectures. Peter was chairman of Southend Young Conservatives, founding member of Southend Friends of Israel, and is currently a delegate on the Board of Deputies and Executive Council member of Fair Reporting.