Terrorism in West Africa

By Lindsay Eichhold ’18

In the light of the recent events that have happened in Paris, there has been another tragedy that has been passed over in the news.

On January 3, 2015, the town of Baga, Nigeria, was attacked by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram. The group massacred at least 2,000 people, but UN officials aren’t able to get an accurate death count so soon. This is said to be the deadliest massacre the extremist group has committed in it’s time as a terrorist group.

Most of the people who were killed were children, women and elderly. The Boko Haram are also known to have had young girls act as suicide bombers to increase their number of victims. One of the known suicide bombers was expected to be about 10 years old, who helped attack at a market, killing dozens of people.

One of the biggest problems that has come out of this attack is children being separated from their parents. Many of these kids are too young to comprehend what is happening in their country. Last year alone, Boko Haram killed over 10,000 Nigerians, while many refugees have fled to neighboring Chad and Cameroon.

Their leader is Abubakar Shekau, and the U.S government has put forward a reward of $7 million for information on his location. Remember the hashtag, #BringBackOurGirls, the Boko Haram was the militant group who kidnapped more than 200 young girls from their school. The Boko Haram was created in 2009 and was recognized as a terrorist organization by the United States in 2013.

The group of girls who were kidnapped from their school by the Boko Haram

The group of girls who were kidnapped from their school by the Boko Haram.

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