Boko Haram is back

Boko Haram is back

World February 22, 2018 06:06

abuja - The movement has been declared dead by the Nigerian government several times, but Boko Haram's ghost has resurrected. With the abduction of dozens of schoolgirls, the Islamic terrorist group has once again hit hard and there is a fear of a new 'Chibok', the abduction of more than 270 schoolgirls from that eponymous city that lead to worldwide protests and the movement, also known thanks to Michelle Obama. BringBackOurGirls led.

From the Chibok girls, 113 are still missing since the atrocity in 2014. From the stories of the girls who managed to escape or were freed or bought free by the Nigerian authorities, it appears that the newly kidnapped young women are awaiting a terrible fate. They are raped, forced into a marriage with a Boko Haram 'warrior' or brainwashed to be used as a suicide attacker. A well-known tactic of Boko Haram because young girls are less distrusted by Nigerian security forces. The released girls needed months of therapy to get back up again. In the conservative society it does not help that they have lost their honor by the raping Boko Haram troops.

The Chibok girls are just a tip of the iceberg. It is estimated that several thousand girls have been in the nine years that Boko Haram is fighting against the government, which in their view is not according to the correct Islamic rules. This never happened in large numbers, as in Chibok, so that received little attention. Hence, President Muhammadu Buhari could say several times that the fight against Boko Haram had been won. It also explains why the kidnapping was held silent for so long on Monday evening. The government only admitted an attack and stated that the children with the teachers had fled safely into the forest. Parents, however, declared to have seen a truck full of desperately screaming girls surrounded by armed men. Only yesterday the government admitted that fifty children are missing, the parents keep it double.

The claim that Boko Haram has been defeated is refuted by BBC Monitoring, which relies, among other things, on 48 media reports in the various West African languages ​​and the international press. According to BBC Monitoring, there were 150 attacks / attacks by the terrorist group in 2017, which were more than the 127 a year before. Most of the attacks took place in the northern state of Borno. Boko Haram also regularly crossed the border with Cameroon, Chad and Niger to cause death and destruction there too.

The terrorists pursue an Islamic caliphate, just like IS, with which it has links. The conflict has cost the lives of 20,000 people since 2009 and has provided at least two million internal refugees.

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