February 9th, 2015


Medieval in Africa: from bad to worse

What is that thing that looks like ISIL, quacks like ISIL, but is not ISIL? Well, you may have already guessed it, that is Boko Haram. They have proclaimed their own Caliphate too, but in the north-eastern parts of Nigeria. They also shock with their cruelty, which is escalating every next year. Although Nigeria is Africa's biggest economy and one of the world's top oil producers, the weak corrupted government has been unable to stop the terrorist group. And, unless the broken political system is changed, the Nigerian jihadists will keep being on the rise, gradually turning their bloody campaign into a regional conflict.

Ever since Boko Haram launched their offensive in 2009, more than 16 thousand people have been killed, and a million have been driven off their homes. The group uses a myriad of tactics, from bombings to kidnapping to arson, affecting both Christian and Muslim communities. We all know of the case where 276 schoolgrirls were kidnapped from Shibok. Some managed to escape, others died, and others still were sold into slavery, or forcefully married to jihadist husbands. Turns out, that is not the worst of what these extremists are capable of.

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