Update – Baga, Nigeria: The Horrific Carnage And Utter Devastation Just Now Being Realized (IMAGES)

A mother in labor, attempting to give life to her son, has been killed. Baga is in ashes. Eye witness accounts of the massacres, from those who have made their way to safety, are finally being told. Aerial photos, provided by Amnesty International of Baga before and after it was attacked by Boko Haram, a Nigerian Islamic terrorist group, have now been released.  According to a senior government official: Fleeing residents are reporting that Baga is “virtually non-existent.”

The terrorists seized the village, set fire to the all the structures, homes, clinics and other buildings and the people ran. Doctor’s Without Borders and the United Nations are reporting that there are thousands who fled to tiny islands in Lake Chad waiting for rescue but the islands are inaccessible; while still others (estimated around 5,000 Nigerians) have escaped from the Bagam and surrounding area to the Borno State capital, Maiduguri.

Images of the aerial views have become the subject of ridiculous memes that misidentify healthy vegetation (taken in infrared) with blood. These images do not depict blood but they do depict the destruction of Baga.

Images made available by Amnesty International, photo courtesy of The Wall Street Journal

Images made available by Amnesty International, photo courtesy of The Wall Street Journal

According to Daniel Eyre, Nigerian researcher for Amnesty International,

“These detailed images show devastation of catastrophic proportions in two towns, one of which was almost wiped off the map in the space of four days. Of all Boko Haram assaults analysed by Amnesty International, this is the largest and most destructive yet. It represents a deliberate attack on civilians whose homes, clinics and schools are now burnt out ruins.”

The United Nations has reported that over 13,000 refugees have arrived in Chad in the past week. As a comparison, 3,000 fled in 2013. They have had to travel long distances in fear and pain, both physical and emotional, some wounded and others suffering tremendous losses of parents, children and other family members.

Amnesty International reports speaking with eyewitnesses who claim that as they fled, they saw corpses in the bush. One woman stated:

“I don’t know how many but there were bodies everywhere we looked.”

Another witness reported that Boko Haram shot and killed small children and a woman who was in labour.

“[H]alf of the baby boy is out and she died like this.”

As told by the BBC, the initial word of the attack came by way of social media. There has been no mobile phone service for months. When trying to reach government officials, one is confronted with a busy signal so nothing ‘official’ is coming out of Nigeria. This leaves reporters relying upon eyewitnesses–eyewitnesses that are fleeing for their lives and are unable to remain behind to gather facts. Nobody is really sure of the total carnage that lies in Baga, and the Nigerian President has remained silent as to Baga but has found time to tweet: “We are one with France. Je Suis Charlie.”

#IamBaga,#WeAreAllBaga, #BagaTogether, #AfricanLivesMatter, #WeAllMatter, #JeSuisCharlie.

 

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