Nigerian Petition & Elections Feb 14

In the wake of the horrific attacks in Paris earlier this month, there has been a concern about the relative lack of media attention on the attacks Nigeria from January 3-7 which destroyed entire towns and left approximately 2000 people dead or unaccounted for.  Many Democracy for NYC members have raised concerns about honoring the victims in Nigeria as we honor the victims in the Paris attacks, and we in DFNYC leadership agree.
We wished we had an action item on this when the attacks first happened - somewhere to direct the energy of our members. We asked in a DFNYC email newsletter, and one of our members wrote back. Amnesty International has a petition to the Nigerian government which is very informative. Read more at this link.   

Here are some other links and updates:

Nigerian Army Knew of the Baga Massacre Ahead of Time:

The BBC has an article on Amnesty International's report that the Nigerian army was aware of the plans for the massacre in Baga: 


IRC helping Baga refugees:
The International Rescue Committee has a post highlighting what is often the most immediate need in crises like this - taking care of surviving refugees. The IRC is assisting some of the Baga refugees in nearby Niger:
Nigeria has an Election on February 14th:
The National Democratic Institute, which deploys non-partisan election monitors all over the world, has been monitoring the situation in Nigeria in advance of the upcoming elections, in which President Goodluck and several other candidates are on the ballot. NDI and a related group will deploy election observers to Nigeria.  

NDI's pre-election statement on Nigeria is at this link:
The statement says that the research was funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department. Is that a positive thing, or does it bias the outcome of the report? We would love to hear from those of you who have experience with State Department grants, or anyone with opinions on this matter.  Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..