The terrorist attacks that happened in Brussels this morning have shocked the world. With at least 30 dead and more than 170 injured, the details are devastating. However, what many people don't realize it that just several days before, there were two terrorist attacks in Turkey, reports Mic.
On March 13, a car bomb exploded in Ankara, killing at least 37 people and injuring 100 more. Then on Saturday, a suicide-bomber with ISIS connections, killed four more people in a busy tourist area of Istanbul. But there has been very little public reaction to Turkey compared to Brussels today or Paris in November.
One Facebook user, James Taylor, wrote a post about the world's silence after the Ankara attacks. He wanted to help people understand that the bombing occurred in one of the city's busiest areas where people -- men, women, grandparents, teenagers, children -- were laughing and socializing, drinking tea in the park, or on their way home from work after a long day.
"Can you imagine being there?" He writes. "Can you imagine the place you walk past every day, the bus stops you use, the roads you cross being obliterated."
Taylor also wants to understand why people react with such vigor to attacks in western cities like Paris and Brussels but not Ankara. He writes:
"Contrary to what many people think, Turkey is not the Middle East. Ankara is not a war zone, it is a normal modern bustling city, just like any other European capital, and Kizilay is the absolute heart, the centre.
It is very easy to look at terror attacks that happen in London, in New York, in Paris and feel pain and sadness for those victims, so why is it not the same for Ankara? Is it because you just don't realise that Ankara is no different from any of these cities? Is it because you think that Turkey is a predominantly Muslim country, like Syria, like Iraq, like countries that are in a state of civil war, so therefore it must be the same and because you don't care about those ones, then why should you care about Turkey? If you don't believe that these attacks in Ankara affect you, or you can't feel the same pain you felt during the Paris or London attacks, then maybe you should stop to think why, why is it that you feel like that. Turkey is an amazing country with truly wonderful people. I have never felt more welcome, more happy, more safe than I do here."
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We saw the same lack of coverage and social media response after Paris when a day earlier 43 people died in a bombing in Beirut. The attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 (also in Paris) that left 17 people dead was covered at length, while we hardly heard anything of the approximately 2,000 people killed by Islamic Militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria a few days prior.
In fact, there have been hundreds of terrorist attacks around the world that happened in the time frame between Paris in November and the Brussels attack today, but most have gone unnoticed.
The significance of the attacks in Paris and Brussels should not be diminished in any way, but it does raise concern when lack of coverage and reaction to attacks in non-western countries continues to happen time and time again. As Mic reports, "While coverage imbalances are often corrected after the fact, the latest example from Turkey shows it continues to be a potent issue."
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