A number of American adults were asked to fill in a blank map of Africa, and the results speak volumes.
Oftentimes, the world community notices and reacts to tragedies that occur in developed countries, but ignores terrible events in Africa.
For instance, the massacre in Borno State at the beginning of January 2015, went totally unnoticed. Boko Haram reportedly murdered more than 2,000 people in 3 days.
In comparison, the deaths of 17 people in France at the hands of Muslim radicals were overwhelmingly condemned on social media, and close to four million people marched in solidarity through Paris.
It demonstrates the predisposition of the global community to double standards. Between January 7 and January 11, the murders in France generated over 50 times more news stories worldwide than tragedies that happen daily in Nigeria.
Africa is usually perceived as a distant, chaotic continent devoid of familiar faces.
To demonstrate the lack of understanding, a geographic experiment was conducted. American adults were asked to label a blank map of Africa.
Here are the results: