Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Wonders of Technology

Ugh.  This is absolutely horrible.

Text messages, and to a lesser extent, Facebook helped organize the latest Nigerian sectarian violence, urging members of both the Christian and Muslim communities to slaughter each other.

"The messages helped escalate the violence in Jos in that some of them instructed people on how to kill, dispose of and burn bodies," said leading rights activist Shehu Sani.

The texts were aimed at "spreading rumours and inflaming tensions," said Sani, who heads a coalition of 32 Nigerian civil and human rights groups called the Civil Rights Congress.
One of the messages seen by AFP read : "War, war, war. Stand up ... and defend yourselves. Kill before they kill you. Slaughter before they slaughter you. Dump them in a pit before they dump you."

In Kuru Karama, a former mining village and Muslim enclave in a Christian district south of Jos, attackers who killed more than 150 villagers disposed of the bodies systematically.
Ah Humanity.  Always finding wonderful new tools to kill each other.

h/t BoingBoing

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