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.