Tag: boko haram

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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In 2015, social media drove youth-led movements for change

In 2015, social media drove youth-led movements for change

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—Social media networks in 2015 reached new heights in organizing popular protest and calls for change. Some of the most effective campaigns used Twitter with such hashtags as: #BringBackOurGirls to demand action on the fate of 276 girls kidnapped in April 2014 by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Since then 57 have managed to escape but […]

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Campaign seeks protection for endangered body of water

Campaign seeks protection for endangered body of water

| November 17, 2015

(GIN)—Once the largest water reservoir in Africa’s Sahel region that provided freshwater and supported livestock and fisheries for nearly 30 million people for thousands of years, Lake Chad is slowly disappearing, and is now about 10 percent of its former size. Poor human management through overgrazing and unsustainable irrigation has resulted in the replacement of […]

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European Union has plan to route African asylum seekers to offshore camp

European Union has plan to route African asylum seekers to offshore camp

| September 22, 2015

(GIN)—Not long after a three-year-old Syrian refugee child was found on a Turkish beach, the president of the European Commission declared belatedly: “We can build walls; we can build fences. But if it were you, your child… there is no price you would not pay, there is no wall you would not climb.” Europe has […]

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