Tag: boko haram

Nigeria’s abducted girls reunited with parents at last

Nigeria’s abducted girls reunited with parents at last

(GIN)—Weeping, sobbing, embracing, singing – the abducted girls from Chibok, Nigeria, were finally reunited with their mothers, fathers, and other relatives after three years in Boko Haram captivity. The girls were freed from captivity on May 7 after negotiations between the Nigerian government and the extremist group and a swap of 82 girls for five […]

Read More

In Nigeria, dozens of kidnapped girls freed in Boko Haram swap

In Nigeria, dozens of kidnapped girls freed in Boko Haram swap

p(GIN)—Boko Haram militants who used kidnappings, bombings and the torching of whole villages during an eight-year insurgency in northern Nigeria, this week released 82 of nearly 300 schoolgirls taken in a brazen late-night raid at a government secondary school in April 2014. The girls were released in exchange for six Boko Haram fighters held by […]

Read More

Nigeria’s president denies reports of hunger in northeast, blames U.N.

Nigeria’s president denies reports of hunger in northeast, blames U.N.

| December 7, 2016

(GIN)—Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is challenging U.N. and humanitarian aid organizations on their recent reports of near-starvation among states affected by the Boko Haram insurgency. According to the president, the reports are “hype”—exaggerating the humanitarian crisis in order to encourage more donations. The Nigerian leader’s dispute with the U.N. recalls former president Goodluck Jonathan who […]

Read More

Shocking reports of rape of Boko Haram by government soldiers

Shocking reports of rape of Boko Haram by government soldiers

| November 1, 2016

(GIN)—Dozens of young girls, rescued from Boko Haram kidnappers, were made victims again by the Nigerian soldiers and policemen assigned to protect them, according to accounts documented by investigators for Human Rights Watch. The New York-based rights group found forty-three cases of “sexual abuse, including rape and exploitation.” Four victims told HRW they were drugged […]

Read More

Emotional reunion for 21 rescued ‘Chibok girls,’ home at last

Emotional reunion for 21 rescued ‘Chibok girls,’ home at last

| October 18, 2016

(GIN)—In a sight that could make a witness choke up with tears, a roomful of rescued Nigerian schoolgirls from Chibok ran into the arms of their overjoyed parents and smothered them with hugs. The gathering, organized by Nigerian authorities, signaled an end to their two-year captivity by Boko Haram rebels and the start of a […]

Read More

Complacency in Nigeria blamed for polio’s return

Complacency in Nigeria blamed for polio’s return

| August 16, 2016

(GIN)—A year after Nigeria was removed from the polio-endemic list, two cases have been reported in Borno state, where the insurgent Boko Haram still controls territory. The eradication of polio, reported in 2015 by the World Health Organization, was called an “historic achievement” by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership leading the effort […]

Read More

More ‘tech hubs’ to rise in Africa, group predicts

More ‘tech hubs’ to rise in Africa, group predicts

| March 29, 2016

(GIN)—Tech hubs and incubators in Africa are expected to number close to 300 by year-end, and in some surprising locations. Last year, Disrupt Africa, which describes itself as a one-stop-shop for news, information and commentary pertaining to the continent’s tech startup—and investment—ecosystem, reported on a new hub and entrepreneurship development center in Somalia—the first such […]

Read More

Human rights groups demand justice for Maiduguri victims

Human rights groups demand justice for Maiduguri victims

| March 22, 2016

(GIN)—Two years have passed since 640 men and boys were shot and left for dead in the northeast region of Maiduguri. The Nigerian Army is said to have committed the murders after a jailbreak with fatalities. “The soldiers asked the people to lie on the ground… a few minutes later they started shooting. I counted […]

Read More

Gushing pipelines bombed by militants foul water, farms, fishing grounds

Gushing pipelines bombed by militants foul water, farms, fishing grounds

| February 2, 2016

(GIN)—Oil is spewing unchecked into delicate ecological systems in southern Bayelsa state,  Nigeria, after multiple bombings by militants in the area. Community leader Eke-Spiff Erempagamo told AP news that the spill was “massive—the biggest in years.” Fishermen said oil had flowed unchecked for two days. A spokesman for the Nigeria Agip Oil Company estimated a […]

Read More

Boko Haram ‘technically defeated’—skeptics disagree

Boko Haram ‘technically defeated’—skeptics disagree

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—With only days to go before a self-imposed deadline for defeating Boko Haram, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has declared a “technical” victory against the militants. In an interview with the British BBC, Buhari credited his security forces with incapacitating Boko Haram so they could no longer mount conventional attacks against population centers. As evidence, he […]

Read More