(NOTE: Please do not misunderstand my point of view. It was horrible that girls were attacked, and that it had such horrendous results. There is no excuse for it. I am merely bringing up something oft ignored in conversations like these.)
I find it interesting that it was girls who were attacked this time. It is most often men and/or boys attacked in this manner (even if it’s more ignored in the media), and usually at a much greater number (though not always), so I wonder what made them attack them?
Boko Haram had killed thousands upon thousands of boys and men, kidnapped/tortured/trained thousands upon thousands of boys and men, but since they weren’t getting any attention, they decided to kidnap 200 or so girls. While not all of the girls have been recovered since then, it certainly got the media’s attention and many were freed (thankfully).
I wonder, how many boys and men have the Taliban attacked, and how many were killed, maimed, and/or injured? Depending on the amount, they might have finally taken another turn for attention, and thus attacked girls as well. It’s horrible either way, but it makes me imagine, stuff like this would have never happened if boys/men were cared about to the extent that women/girls are, and would have stopped Boko Haram and the Taliban?
Just think about it: those girls’ deaths could have been prevented.
Now, it’s obviously due to education matters, but it’s not like only female education is the only one attacked. It is merely more education in general is hated. It just happens to be that female victims tend to get much more attention (though not always).
Looking at a problem is important, but this just sounds sexist.