Thursday, September 4, 2014

Nigeria: Meanwhile...Boko Haram gains ground

From Christian Science Monitor:

Kids a major target as Boko Haram gains ground in Nigeria (+video)

Despite #BringBackOurGirls and international pledges to help rein in the Islamist militant group, kids and schools are still preyed on by Boko Haram. This week, Boko Haram won control over the key northern town of Bama. 


Civilians who fled their homes following an attacked by Islamist militants in Bama, take refuge at a school in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. A Nigerian senator says thousands of people are fleeing a northeastern city amid conflicting reports that it has been seized by Boko Haram Islamic militants. Jossy Ola/AP

When Janine Morna arrived in northern Nigeria in March to study child abductions by local militias, few outside the region had any idea of the scope of the problem. 

That changed abruptly on the evening of April 14 - 15, when members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram stormed a secondary school in the northeastern town of Chibok and captured some 300 teenage girls.  

Suddenly, child kidnappings in northern Nigeria — which had concerned human rights researchers like Ms. Morna for years — were global front-page news. Around the world, nations pledged aid and counterterrorism assistance, while #BringBackOurGirls floated to the top of trending topics on Twitter. It gave many who live and work in the region hope that change was imminent.


Read more here. 

Hundreds flee Nigerian city as Islamist militants gain ground

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