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West should not turn a blind eye to church massacres just because it doesn’t suit the narrative

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Trawling online turns up only scant details. You will not establish the definitive death toll or how many children were among those slaughtered at gunpoint in a merciless attack on a sunny morning.

You will struggle to find eyewitness accounts of the horror unleashed on unsuspecting victims. Of the terror that swept over those diving for cover, and the screams and moans of the dying. Of the distraught relatives who ran to the scene. Of the carnage they saw.

Eventually you will discover that the death toll, initially estimated to be at least 50 people, is now likely around 80, with scores more injured. And that the first to be shot — one of numerous child fatalities — was “the boy that sells candy at the gate”. But you will not learn his name or see a photograph (what journalists call a “collect”) of his little face, mercifully oblivious of the nightmare to come.

I’m not writing of the heinous events that unfolded on May 24 at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, when 19 children and two teachers were gunned down and 17 others were injured by 18-year-old Salvador Ramos in one of America’s worst school shootings.

Quite rightly we have gazed upon photos of those slain innocents and continue to hear further shocking details of those dreadful murders from traumatised survivors who will be haunted forever by what they saw.

What I refer to took place 12 days later, last Sunday, at St Francis Catholic Church in the town of Owo in Nigeria. In terms of media attention, it may as well have been on another........

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