Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, April 11, 2016

History of Boko Haram

This article is probably a good addition to your textbook's account of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

The brutal toll of Boko Haram’s attacks on civilians
As the Islamic State’s attacks in Europe have captured the world’s attention, an ISIS-affiliated group has been waging an even deadlier campaign in Africa…

The group’s rise, some experts say, is attributable to government corruption and economic differences between the Muslim northern areas and more populous and prosperous Christian South…

Last year was the group’s deadliest yet, according to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, which tracks civil unrest and political violence in Africa and Asia.

Researchers recorded more than 6,000 fatalities resulting from Boko Haram attacks aimed at civilians…

Stopping the insurgency is not the only crisis Nigeria faces. More than 2 million Nigerians have been forced to leave their homes to escape the violence…

While it may not draw the attention of the West as frequently as the Islamic State, Boko Haram is one of the most devastating terrorist organizations in the world. Regaining territory from the group will only be the first step in a long process of healing the deep wounds it has inflicted.

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