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  • Chibok parents praying, 'groaning' 3 years later

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 17, 2017 (one month ago)

    CHIBOK, Nigeria (BP) -- Parents of the nearly 200 missing Chibok schoolgirls continue to pray with hope three years after Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped the girls from a government boarding school in Chibok.

    Of the 276 girls kidnapped in an overnight raid in the mostly Christian town, an estimated 195 remain missing after the April 14, 2014 attack on the Government Girls Secondary School. Some of the missing are feared dead; others have been forced to birth children of Boko Haram fighters believed hiding deep in the Sambisa Forest in Borno. Read More

  • Congress passes 1st bill devoted to fighting Boko Haram

    by Onize Ohikere, posted Monday, December 12, 2016 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The United States House of Representatives on Dec. 8 unanimously approved a bipartisan bill to help counter Boko Haram's insurgency in northeast Nigeria and other affected African countries. The bill is awaiting the president's signature to become a law.

    The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Frederica Wilson, D.-Fla., and Sen. Susan Collins, R.-Maine, passed in the Senate in September 2015. The pending bill would require the U.S. secretaries of state and defense to develop a five-year strategy to combat the Islamic terror group. The strategy would involve offering assistance to ... Read More

  • Christian killings said to be religious cleansing

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (6 months ago)

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    NORTH-CENTRAL NIGERIA (BP) -- The increasingly militant killings of Christians in north-central Nigeria by Muslim Fulani herdsmen are described as revived attempts at religious and ethnic cleansing by survivors, Morning Star News reported.

    Fulani herdsmen, at times disguised as Nigerian soldiers expected to protect villagers, killed at least 36 Christian farmers in separate attacks in four villages in Kaduna state in mid-November, Morning Star said. The killings are on the heels of the slaughter of about 85 Christians in Kaduna between September and Nov. 13 by the herdsmen, and are part of at least 140 such deaths since attacks intensified in May, Morning Star reported. Read More

  • Boko Haram attacks after freeing 21 Chibok girls

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, October 25, 2016 (7 months ago)

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (BP) -- As many as 83 Nigerian soldiers are missing after Boko Haram attacked a military base in northeastern Nigeria and destroyed a village bordering Chibok just days after the negotiated release of 21 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, the Associated Press reported. Read More

  • 21 Chibok girls freed in Boko Haram prisoner swap

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 13, 2016 (7 months ago)

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    ABUJA, Nigeria (BP) -- The Nigerian government has secured the release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago, a Nigerian government official announced on Twitter today (Oct. 13).

    The kidnapping saga is part of the continuing horrors in Nigeria caused by the terror group, with an estimated 25,000 people, including many Christians, killed by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria since 2009 in its attempts to establish strict Sharia law across the country. Read More

  • Study: Radical Islam looming across African Sahel

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 15, 2016 (8 months ago)

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    SAHEL, Africa (BP) -- The poverty- and drought-stricken Sahel region spanning northern Africa is becoming a breeding ground for radical Islamic groups intent on persecuting Christians, according to a study conducted by World Watch Research.

    The Sahel, a horizontal swath spanning parts of Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia, has become attractive to extremist groups that offer financial security to attract impoverished adherents facing uncertainties in the semi-arid land, reported World Watch Research, a division of the Open Doors International advocacy organization for persecuted Christians. Read More

  • Malnourished children doubling amid Boko Haram

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, August 25, 2016 (9 months ago)

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    BORNO, Nigeria (BP) -- The number of malnourished children in and around northeastern Nigeria will more than double by the end of 2016 under Boko Haram terrorism, UNICEF said in its latest report released today (Aug. 25).

    By year's end, more than 475,000 children are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition in the Lake Chad Basin comprising parts of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, up from 175,000 at the beginning of the year, UNICEF said. About 3.8 million people of all age groups are facing severe food shortages across the area. Read More

  • Chibok girls shown in Aug. 14 Boko Haram video

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 15, 2016 (9 months ago)

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    ABUJA, Nigeria (BP) -- Dozens of girls said to be among those kidnapped in 2014 from a Chibok boarding school are shown in a video Boko Haram released Aug. 14 offering the girls in exchange for the release of imprisoned terrorists.

    An armed and masked Boko Haram member speaking on the video said some of the 219 or so Chibok girls still missing after the April 14, 2014 abduction had been killed in airstrikes by the Nigerian military and 40 had been married, but he did not specify the number of girls who remained alive, the Associated Press reported. Read More

  • Censoring Islamic sermons new anti-jihad tactic

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 12, 2016 (9 months ago)

    BORNO, Nigeria (BP) -- The governor of Boko Haram's birthplace Borno has formed a board to monitor and censor Islamic preaching in hopes of preventing the jihadists from spreading violent Islamism and recruiting fighters, Nigeria's Channels TV reported. Read More

  • Boko Haram fractured & weakened, analysis says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, August 04, 2016 (10 months ago)

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    NORTHEAST NIGERIA (BP) -- A disputed report by the Islamic State group that it has appointed a new leader for Boko Haram in Nigeria indicates Boko Haram is fractured and weakened, BBC News said in an analysis today (Aug. 4).

    Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader since 2009, released an audio message Aug. 3 saying he is still in charge of the terrorists, hours after IS proclaimed Abu Musab al-Barnawi the new leader of Boko Haram, identified as the IS West Africa Province, BBC News said. Read More