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What’s being done to keep learning going in northern Nigeria?

10 September 2020 In observance of the first-ever ‘International Day to Protect Education from Attack’ on 9 September, Al Jazeera’s The Stream is partnering with Witness to discuss a new documentary on the subject. Ahmad the Architect follows Ahmad Buba, a man on a mission to help his native Nigeria undo the harm caused by Boko Haram, an armed group …

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Nigeria’s rising number of missing persons

31 August 2020 Authorities should create database, provide information, reunite families Hundreds of people are missing from a town in northeast Nigeria following an attack by suspected Boko Haram fighters on August 18. Witnesses told me most were abducted by the insurgents or went missing as they fled the attack on the town of Kukawa in Borno state. Thousands of people have …

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Armed fighters take hundreds hostage in Nigeria’s Borno state

20 August 2020 Fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province, a splinter group of Boko Haram, overran Kukawa town on Tuesday. Armed fighters have taken hundreds of hostages in a northeast Nigerian town where residents had only just returned after fleeing their homes, residents and militia sources said on Wednesday. The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group, a splinter group …

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Coronavirus poses a threat to Nigeria beyond health – Chatham House panel

22 July 2020 Chatham House hosted a webinar in collaboration with the UK parliament’s the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the implications of coronavirus for Nigeria on Tuesday 21 May. The discussion was chaired by Labour MP for Edmonton and APPG Chair, Kate Osamor, with a panel of experts that included, Leena Koni Hoffmann, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House, Idayat …

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Nigeria: Unfolding genocide – new report launched

18 June 2020 The All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief has launched a new report in Westminster on Monday entitled Nigeria – Unfolding Genocide? The report launch featured speeches from the Chair of the APPG, Jim Shannon MP, Co-Chair Baroness Cox, and Rebecca Sharibu, the mother of Leah Sharibu who was kidnapped by Boko Haram two years ago and has …

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Nigeria: Islamic militant attacks in Borno kill dozens

14 June 2020 At least 60 people are believed to have been killed in twin attacks in Borno state. Armed militants also attacked a UN humanitarian hub with rocket launchers, reportedly accusing them of being “non-believers.” Jihadists connected to the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) militant group killed at least 20 soldiers and 40 civilians over the weekend in …

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Beyond the pandemic, Boko Haram looms large in Nigeria

11 June 2020 As Nigeria suffers from the coronavirus crisis and shrinking oil revenue, security forces will be further strained in their fight against the jihadi group. How is Boko Haram exploiting the health crisis? Even amid the pandemic, all Boko Haram factions have rejected the notion of a truce with the Nigerian government, which they see as an agency …

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Nigeria violence drives 23,000 into neighbouring Niger: UNHCR

12 May 2020 Number of people fleeing to Niger from Nigeria almost triples from the last year, says the UN refugee agency. Violence in northwest Nigeria has forced about 23,000 refugees to flee to Niger since April and raised concerns about the deteriorating security situation, the United Nations has said. The numbers fleeing to neighbouring Niger have almost tripled from …

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