It is possibly surprising that more foreigners have not died grisly deaths in that part of Africa these past 40 years. It is also invidious to juxtapose the news value of 10 Britons with that of 10,000 Africans. In 1972, when up to a quarter of a million Burundi Hutus were butchered in swift reprisal for the massacre of some 5,000 innocent Tutsi, British news coverage was starkly modest, especially in the context of the column inches devoted to the relatively "few" barbaric killings in Northern Ireland. Perhaps darkness also shrouds our senses.
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