On Twitter Free the Slaves linked to a Washington Post article a little over a week ago and I wrote a post at the time about how I *wasn't* writing a post until I could get more information since I am fortunate enough to have an online friend who is originally from Nigeria and still has family there. She and her mother were both kind enough to respond and help me get a better picture of the situation in Nigeria.
I had been concerned that the article was biased against the Nigerian government, but was told that in general it was actually fairly even-handed. Apparently the government is fairly corrupt and is truly struggling with the need to care for the *average* displaced citizens from the many Boko Haram attacks. This leaves essentially no resources to aid the rescued former slaves and the very real and reasonable fear that an unknown number of the returned are actually possible assassins further complicates an already horrific situation.
Interestingly, it was the uncritically repeated claim that Muslims have long been marginalized that my corespondents took exception to. Instead of being historically oppressed by the, slight, Christian majority that Boko Haram claims as its excuse for the atrocities it carries out, Muslims have actually been in charge of the Nigerian government for over half of the time since independence and it was a Muslim military dictatorship that brought about the terrible conditions that Americans over 30 think of when hearing "Nigeria".