By Mike Smith
An insurgency in Nigeria by means of the Islamist extremist team Boko Haram has left hundreds of thousands lifeless, shaken Africa’s greatest kingdom and frightened the realm. but they continue to be a mysterious-almost unknowable-organization. via vast on-the-ground reporting, Smith takes readers contained in the violence and gives the 1st in-depth account of the clash. He strains Boko Haram from its beginnings in Nigeria’s distant northeast to its transformation right into a hydra-headed monster, deploying suicide bombers and abducting schoolgirls. a lot of the e-book is instructed from the point of view of Nigerians who've chanced on themselves stuck among the violence of insurgents, brutal safeguard forces and a clumsy executive. It contains the tales of a police officer left paralyzed, girls whose husbands were murdered and a sword-wielding vigilante utilizing charms to fend off rebel bullets. Smith questions no matter if there could be any finish to the violence and the ways that this would be accomplished. Interspersed with Nigerian heritage, this ebook delves into the roots of the unholy conflict being waged opposed to the backdrop of an evolving extremist risk world wide.
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As they did so, they could hear people wailing and crying for help from the room next door, the main auditorium, located just above where the car bomb detonated and the site of some of the worst suffering. They waited briefly under the table – Adeniyi estimates it was between three and five minutes – until they heard the sound of voices from UN security workers calling out from downstairs for everyone to evacuate to the back of the building. Adeniyi was able to get a signal on his phone, so before evacuating, he called the director of search and rescue from Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency – someone he knew through his work – and spoke to him briefly.
Boko Haram members would overrun remote areas of north-eastern Nigeria and raise their own flags, part of the reason the president would eventually decide to declare a state of emergency. Seven members of a French family, including four children, would also be abducted in an incident claimed by Shekau, while dozens of students would be massacred in attacks on schools. Reports began to emerge in 2013 of girls being kidnapped and taken as wives by Boko Haram members. In April 2014, when attackers stormed the town of Chibok and abducted 276 girls from their school, Nigeria’s military seemed to have barely put up a fight.
Shekau himself has been put on a US wanted list offering a reward of up to $7 million. After he was named a ‘global terrorist’ by the United States, allowing his assets there to be frozen, he mocked the designation in a video message. ‘I know the United States exists, but I don’t know which part of the world it is located in, whether in the west or the north, the south or the east’, he said in a sarcastic tone, an AK-47 leaning against the wall next to him. ’ Mapping out the details of what Boko Haram is remains extremely difficult.
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