The kid­nap­ping, by a group that many con­sider to be a ter­rorist orga­ni­za­tion (though the U.S. has yet to offi­cially declare ISIS as such), comes just two months after another ter­rorist orga­ni­za­tion, Boko Haram, based in Nigeria, kid­napped more than 200 girls from their school in Chibok. After their kid­nap­ping, the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity took note of the social media #Bring­Back­Our­Girls cam­paign, which effec­tively raised aware­ness of the crisis. But the kid­nap­ping in Syria did not receive the same atten­tion. Max Abrahms, a ter­rorism expert from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston, said the Syrian kid­nap­ping case wasn’t reported because the war, quite simply, has exhausted readers and inter­na­tional leaders.

Gen­er­ally speaking, hostage taking doesn’t really lead the news,” he said.

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