THIS Friday, January 23, an African-driven campaign looks set to spread across the continent as thousands of Africans come together, wearing green, to show their solidarity and empathy to the thousands of casualties of terror attacks in Nigeria and across the world.
This comes as the world has been left reeling by a Boko Haram attack earlier this month that Amnesty International says could have claimed as many as 2,000 lives and a terrorist attack on a French satirical weekly magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris. Considering that Boko Haram were responsible for an estimated 4,000 deaths in 2014, the escalation of violence in the northeastern states of the county has made it one of the largest areas of violence in Africa.
The frequency of attacks, combined with the inconceivable degrees of violence used by various terrorist and insurgency groups, has spurred Africa 2.0 into requesting that anyone who wants to participate wear green, or a green accessory, all day and take a selfie with their index raised, to symbolise the “number” 1 - a sign of unity and solidarity. The group then encourages participants to share the image on various social media platforms using the hash-tag #WeAre1ne.
The aim of the campaign is to voice empathy towards victims, regardless of their background, and encourage people from across the world to participate and propose solutions, based on tolerance that are inclusive, pacific and constructive.
Africa 2.0 is a Pan-African civil society organisation that aims to influence thoughtful change in Africa by bringing together thinkers and actors in order to develop and implement practical, creative strategies that will produce positive outcomes for millions of Africans..