Last Friday, news outlets went on overdrive surrounding the explosion at Parsons Green station. Our media has since been saturated with coverage on it; front pages have featured blurry images of someone who may or may not have been the attacker, TV pundits have speculated on motives and meanings, and social media has been saturated with discussion about what we should “do next”.
Buried beneath the headlines was an Isis attack in Iraq that same day. While, thankfully, the incident in Parsons Green led to no mortalities, over 80 people were killed in the Southern Iraq attack.
As an Iraqi living in London, the discrepancy in reaction is hard for me to stomach. For it highlights that we globally value some lives over others. When the safety of Western citizens is threatened, there is global outrage. When innocent civilians are massacred on Arab soil, most are unmoved – it’s barely reported, profile pictures don’t perform solidarity, and cultural conversations are not shifted.