Paris Attacks Finally Get People To Recognize Attack On Kenyan School
In the hours after the deadly terrorist attack in Paris, social media was filled with signs of solidarity. A photo of a cousin in front of the Eiffel tower. Your aunt saying she’s praying. You scrolled through profile picture after profile picture, overlaid with the red, white and blue of the French flag.
And then, a story about another terrorist attack, this time in Kenya.
“Man, what’s happening with the world right now?” one Facebook user wrote.
“147 dead in terrorist attack on Kenya college,” actress Bex Taylor-Klaus tweeted. “Hate consumes and destroys.”
One BBC article on the attack was linked over and over again. The date on the story? April 3, 2015.
The fact that the shooting in Kenya is just now trending even though it happened back in April is very eye opening.
— JennEm (@OfficialJennEm) November 15, 2015
It’s impossible to tell how this article started making the rounds of the Internet seven months after it was published. The story within is as horrifying as the tragedy in Paris: 148 people were killed by al-Shabab militants who stormed the dormitories of Garissa University College in a siege that lasted 15 hours. For those whose eyes skimmed past the date, it seemed like another international tragedy ripe for outrage.