Boko Haram is a militant Islamist movement active in northeastern Nigeria. The group also has footholds in Chad, Niger and Cameroon; one stated ideological goal is to introduce Sharia law across its territory.
Since Boko Haram's founding by Mohammed Yusuf in the early 2000s, thousands of people have been killed in the terror group's attacks on schools, security forces, government agencies and churches. Hundreds of thousands of Nigerians have been displaced. The group has also seized significant chunks of territory around their home state of Borno. DW's latest content on Boko Haram is collated below.
Desertification resulting from climate change in North East Nigeria has considerably shrunk bodies of water in the region. One of them — Lake Chad — is a central fishing area. To further complicate matters, fishing is nearly impossible in what is left of the lake because of Boko Haram's decade long insurgency. As fishermen try to settle in new areas, tensions have arisen.
Africa has started 2020 battling extremism. Boko Haram assaults have killed several people in Nigeria. Meanwhile, attacks by al-Shabab in Kenya has left the East African nation on edge. At the heart of extremism are young, radicalized Africans. What is fueling the surge in attacks and what can be done to quell it? Listen to this show for some insights.
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