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Feeding the children of Boko Haram's victims

Behind the rusting walls of a Nigerian bakery, young boys forced out of their homes by Boko Haram, have found refuge. They are the sons of bakers killed or kidnapped by the insurgents and brought together by one man's kindness.

"Have you heard about the baker and the displaced people?"

I thought it was the start of a bad gag when my Nigerian friend asked me that. We were having a drink in a hotel in Maiduguri, Boko Haram's former stronghold.

Turns out, it wasn't a joke at all. He'd heard about a local bakery that had become a sort of refuge for people displaced by Boko Haram attacks.

Trying to find it was easier said than done. Maiduguri is a large city, the capital of Borno state, and I only had vague directions to the bakery.

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I hear that baker has some fairly unique-tasting pork pies...
 

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At least 39 people have died after multiple explosions in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, an emergency official says.

Three female suicide bombers, thought to be aged between 11 and 15, struck on Friday morning, an official with the National Emergency Management Agency told BBC Hausa.

It follows bomb attacks on a mosque on Thursday, which killed at least 32.

Maiduguri is often targeted by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34546727
 

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An explosion in the Nigerian city of Yola has caused multiple deaths and injuries, with some reports saying more than 30 people may have died.

The blast appears to have struck a busy market area where traders were closing up for the day.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visited Yola on Saturday, declaring that the Islamist militant movement Boko Haram was close to defeat.

Yola has twice been hit by deadly bomb attacks this year.

The city lies in the northern state of Adamawa, one of the worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34852971
 

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We may never know the fate of all 276 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped from their school in the dead of night, more than a year ago, but a group of recently rescued abductees — held by the same captors — may offer some chilling insight. That’s because of the 234 young women freed by the Nigerian army, 214 of them are visibly pregnant.

Local media and unofficial reports said a number of those previously held hostage by the violent terrorist organization Boko Haram “appear to be” expecting now, according to the International Business Times. The militant group have abducted more than 2,000 women and girls since early 2014, but their attack on the school in the town of Chibok sparked global awareness and the widely circulated hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. (If you’re reading this, it’s more than likely you retweeted or posted those words of support.)

http://www.mtv.com/news/2154758/boko-haram-pregnant-girls-nigeria/?fb_ref=fbshare_web
 

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A triple suicide attack killed at least 27 people Saturday on an African island overrun with Boko Haram terrorists, security sources said.

The trio of bombings wounded another 80 people on Loulou Fou, an island in Lake Chad, sources told AFP.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bomb massacre, but officials put the region in a state of emergency last month after a wave of attacks by Boko Haram terrorists.

Earlier this year, the militant group overran another Lake Chad island, Karamga. Niger’s army has fought to retake the terror-controlled island.

http://m.nydailynews.com/news/world/27-killed-triple-suicide-attack-africa-island-article-1.2456200
 

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The Boko Haram insurgency has kept more than one million children out of school, the UN children's agency reported on Tuesday, highlighting fears that a lack of education will fuel further radicalism in and around Nigeria.

Over 2,000 schools are closed across Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, while hundreds of others have been attacked, looted, or set on fire by Boko Haram jihadists in their quest to create an independent Islamic state, said UNICEF.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has given his military commanders until the end of the month to end the Boko Haram insurgency, but even if victory is possible analysts say his government will have to contend with social turmoil stemming from a generation of children who have not gone to class.

"The longer they stay out of school, the greater the risks of being abused, abducted and recruited by armed groups," said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF regional director of West and Central Africa.

http://news.yahoo.com/boko-haram-keeps-million-children-school-unicef-054205406.html
 

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ABUJA, Nigeria — A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children among people burned to death in the latest attack by Nigeria's homegrown Islamic extremists.

Scores of charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds littered the streets from Saturday night's attack on Dalori village just 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram and the biggest city in the northeast, according to survivors and soldiers.

The shooting and burning continued for four hours, survivor Alamin Bakura said, weeping on a telephone call to The Associated Press. He said several of his family members were killed or wounded.

The violence continued as three female suicide bombers blew up among people who managed to flee to neighboring Gamori village, killing many people, according to a soldier at the scene who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to journalists.

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Nigerian and Cameroonian soldiers have rescued nearly 1,900 people held hostage by terror group Boko Haram in the past two weeks. The civilians, including women and children, were freed during several rescue operations across north-eastern Nigeria and northern Cameroon.

Among the 1,890 people rescued were 800 Nigerian refugees who had crossed into Cameroon and were brought back to Banki town, Borno state, the military said.

Nigeria and Cameroon are part of a 8,700-strong regional offensive also comprising troops from Niger, Chad and Benin. The regional task force has resulted in the death of several militants and the recapture of key territories controlled by the terrorists.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/boko-haram...-civilians-held-captive-by-terrorists-1546203
 

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Re-evaluating the Boko Haram conflict

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Many political analysts had projected that if Muhammadu Buhari, a Fulani Muslim won the March 2015 Nigerian presidential election, it could lead to thedeceleration of the Boko Haram conflict because the local grievances into which those terrorists tap would be removed. Unfortunately, despite President Buhari’s victory at the polls, the Boko Haram conflict has failed to abate. In fact, it has been estimated that between the time Buhari was sworn in as president on May 29, 2015 and the end of October 2015, more than 2,000 Nigerians have lost their lives to Boko Haram. These tragedies have occurred despite the fact that fighting the terrorists has clearly been one of the Buhari regime’s top priorities.

In September 2015 Buhari gave the army a three-month deadline to defeat Boko Haram. That deadline clearly has come and gone, but Boko Haram has not. Though the Buhari government continues to argue that “technically” it has defeated Boko Haram, ostensibly because the group can “no longer mount ‘conventional attacks’ against security forces or population centres,” several Nigerians—including myself—have scoffed at the government's triumphalism as rather premature. Indeed, while the government claims that the terrorists no longer control any territory in Borno State—the epicenter of Boko Haram’s activities—Senator Baba Kaka Garbai, who represents Borno Central in Nigeria’s Senate, claims that the terrorist group still controls “about 50 percent” of his state.

Boko Haram is well-known as a plague on the security of the Nigerian state since the group became radicalized in 2010. Officially it is estimated that between 2010 and July 2015, over 15,000 people lost their lives to the Boko Haram conflict—though some estimate the actual death toll between 2010 and 2014 could be anywhere between 100,000 and one million. In addition, the 2014 report of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre and Norwegian Refugee Council have estimated that over 3.3 million people have been displaced in the northeast part of Nigeria—or 10 percent of the 33 million internally displaced persons worldwide.

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/afri...kGPAHo5X2pTkK9pKpU6xKr-Xc4ZYAA&_hsmi=26772019
 

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They're not exactly fighting a "hearts and minds" war, are they? Heartless and mindless, more like.


It's a well known fact that if you grab the people by the balls and squeeze, the peoples minds and hearts will follow...
 

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Nigerian and Cameroonian soldiers have rescued nearly 1,900 people held hostage by terror group Boko Haram in the past two weeks. The civilians, including women and children, were freed during several rescue operations across north-eastern Nigeria and northern Cameroon.

Among the 1,890 people rescued were 800 Nigerian refugees who had crossed into Cameroon and were brought back to Banki town, Borno state, the military said.

Nigeria and Cameroon are part of a 8,700-strong regional offensive also comprising troops from Niger, Chad and Benin. The regional task force has resulted in the death of several militants and the recapture of key territories controlled by the terrorists.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/boko-haram...-civilians-held-captive-by-terrorists-1546203

 
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Four cattle markets in northern Nigeria, where stolen animals were allegedly being sold to finance the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency, have been shut down.

Insurgents are using unscrupulous middlemen to sell stolen cattle, the governor of Borno state said.

Trade was suspended about two weeks ago at Gamboru cattle market - one of the biggest in Africa.

Boko Haram has stolen thousands of cattle in Nigeria and nearby Cameroon.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35727473
 

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The world is still grieving over the terror attacks that occurred in Brussels on Tuesday, but sadly, the events in Brussels weren't the only recent acts of terrorism to claim innocent lives. As the viral hashtag #PrayForNigeria began trending on Twitter Thursday, many are now wondering what happened in Nigeria, and why it's in the topic of conversation once again.

As reported in The New York Times, two female suicide bombers detonated explosives last Wednesday at a mosque in Maiduguri, located in northeastern Nigeria. The bombings killed 25 and wounded at least 18. According to the AFP, there was "no immediate claim of responsibility" for the attacks, but it "bore all the hallmarks" of Boko Haram, the Islamic State affiliate that has been terrorizing Nigeria for several years now. Boko Haram was widely covered in the Western media in 2014 after the group kidnapped 219 schoolgirls.

According to The Times, this attack is typical of Boko Haram's new strategy, which is to focus on suicide bombings rather than seizing new territories in northeast Nigeria, where the group has already succeeded in displacing millions. According to Human Rights Watch, as of early 2015 Boko Haram had raided 130 towns and imposed Sharia law "in a shocking display of its military power."

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Nigerian troops have freed more than 800 people held by Boko Haram Islamist fighters in multiple villages in the country’s restive north-east, the army said on Thursday.
All the hostages were rescued in Borno state, with 520 recovered in Kusumma village on Tuesday after a confrontation with Boko Haram fighters, and a further 309 from 11 other villages under the Islamist group’s control.

“The gallant troops cleared the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists hibernating in Kala Balge general area,” army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement, adding that 22 terrorists were killed.

Three Islamists were killed and one was captured alive during the second raid on the 11 villages, he said.

Usman said items recovered included arms, axes and a motorcycle.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/20...stages-rescued-nigerian-army?CMP=share_btn_tw
 
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Authorities in Cameroon and Nigeria are investigating a claim from a would-be suicide bomber that she was one of a group of schoolgirls abducted in 2014.

The Nigerian government is sending parents to Cameroon to attempt to identify the girl.

She told investigators in Cameroon she was one of 270 kidnapped in Chibok by jihadist group Boko Haram.

The abductions sparked international outrage and the #bringbackourgirls social media campaign.

While about 50 of the girls managed to escape, 219 of these girls remain missing. They were taken by the militants from the Chibok community in northeastern Nigeria.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35906097
 

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A senior Nigerian official has told the BBC that a would-be suicide bomber arrested in Cameroon is not one of the missing Chibok schoolgirls.

The girl had told investigators she was one of 270 abducted in Nigeria in 2014 by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

She had explosives strapped to her body, had been drugged and was badly injured when she was arrested last week, Cameroonian officials say.

Boko Haram is increasingly using girls to carry out suicide bombings.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35925483
 

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One of the missing Chibok girls has been found in Nigeria, activists say, the first to be rescued since their capture two years ago.

In all, 218 girls remain missing after their abduction from a secondary school in north-east Nigeria in April 2014.

Activists told the BBC that Amina Ali Nkek was found by a vigilante group on Tuesday in the Sambisa Forest, close to the border with Cameroon.

The girls were taken by militants from the Boko Haram Islamist group.

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A glimmer of light at last.
 

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Thirty Nigerien troops and two Nigerian soldiers have been killed in clashes with Boko Haram militants in Niger, the country's defence ministry says.

It says "hundreds of assailants" attacked a military post in the south-eastern town of Bosso, on the Nigerian border, on Friday night.

A counter-attack on Saturday morning allowed government troops to retake all positions in Bosso, the ministry says.

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Nearly 200 refugees fleeing Boko Haram militants have starved to death over the past month in Bama, Nigeria, the medical charity MSF says.

A "catastrophic humanitarian emergency" is unfolding at a camp it visited where 24,000 people have taken refuge.

Many inhabitants are traumatised and one in five children is suffering from acute malnutrition, MSF says.

The Islamist group's seven-year rebellion has left 20,000 people dead and more than two million displaced.

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Another obscenity.

Two girls said to be aged seven or eight have been used to bomb a market in north-east Nigeria, killing at least one other person and wounding 18.

Police in the town of Maiduguri, Borno state, say the attack happened when the market was crowded with shoppers.

The girls detonated their explosives minutes apart, witnesses said. Both were killed.

No group has said it was behind the bombings but Boko Haram militants have carried out similar attacks.

In the past few months, the Nigerian army has made gains against the group but it still carries out regular bombings.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38285272?ocid=socialflow_twitter
 

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That's the sort of story I have to try not to dwell on. 7 and 8? That's appalling, and when I think of girls in my family of similar age, it's heart-rending.

The perverted logic behind these acts almost defies belief.
 
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