The atrocities committed by Boko Haram
Probably one of the most shocking developments during the last year has been the kidnapping of more than 200 school girls by the Islamist militant organization known as Boko Haram. One of the primary issues promoted by this organization are total resistance against the Western way of living and also against the Western educational system. That is why many of the children that are kidnapped are placed in schools which are leaning towards Islamist teachings. Regardless of how these atrocities may be justified the reality is that hundreds of families are being traumatized by these inhuman actions and that is why many of the nations in that region are now standing together against Boko Haram and everything which it stands for. Many towns which used to be under the rule of Boko Haram has now been recaptured by Nigerian forces and their allies.
Kidnapping is not merely a third world occurrence
Thousands of people get kidnapped annually by Somalian pirates and many of that people either perish in captivity or when it becomes apparent that their families are unable to pay the exorbitant amounts which are demanded by these pirates then those people are simply killed. We live in a society which has become desensitized to criminal activity and therefore as long as these things are happening in some distant location we are not really moved by those things although we may morally condemn these atrocities because it is happening so far away the likelihood of such things happening to us are inestimably small. The truth is that annual statistics provide ample evidence that kidnapping in our civilized societies are something which are happening frequently to all kinds of people. This is why it is important to always take care where ever we may go and whatever we might be doing.
Car hijackings are another issue
The socio economic problems of this country are making many people desperate and in order to survive they will resort to any criminal activities if doing so can provide them with a viable option to sustain their families. Therefore the car hijackings and kidnappings are providing them with very attractive opportunities which has the potential to generate large sums of money. Therefore whether you are at home or traveling somewhere in your vehicle it is important to take the necessary precautions and to be constantly on the lookout for potential risks.