Boko Haram Hostages Speak Out

Former abductees tell their stories to Human Rights Watch: Adam Taylor describes the disturbing findings: What is life like for the women and girls held captive by Boko Haram? That’s one question Human Rights Watch (HRW) attempted to answer with a new video, in which international nongovernmental organization interviewed a number of people who had been kidnapped … Continue reading Boko Haram Hostages Speak Out

A Breakthrough With Boko Haram? Not So Much.

Boko Haram has abducted more women despite claims of a Nigeria cease-fire — The New York Times (@nytimes) October 24, 2014 A week ago, the Nigerian government claimed that a ceasefire deal with the radical Islamic militant group would lead to the return of over 200 schoolgirls abducted from Chibok in April, but the girls not … Continue reading A Breakthrough With Boko Haram? Not So Much.

A Breakthrough With Boko Haram?

Map of cities taken by #BokoHaram. A hugely underrated force in Africa. — Dawood (@Suleiman_Dawood) October 20, 2014 On Friday, news of a ceasefire between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram raised hopes that the 219 kidnapped schoolgirls from Chibok might finally be released, but with the truce already in doubt, nobody is daring to celebrate too soon: … Continue reading A Breakthrough With Boko Haram?

A Western Blind Spot? Ctd

. @FLOTUS First Lady Michelle Obama needs to use her influence and stay on this! #BringBackOurGirls #BokoHaram — Greta Van Susteren (@greta) January 1, 2015 A reader responds to the question of Western coverage of Boko Haram compared to Charlie Hebdo: A blind spot? Not at all. Violence in places with strong traditions of law and … Continue reading A Western Blind Spot? Ctd

A Western Blind Spot?

Boko Haram’s deadly attack on a Nigerian village has received a fraction of the attention paid to the attacks in France. Caroline Bankoff acknowledges that relative disinterest among white Western audiences is surely a factor, but she notes it’s also important to realize how hard it is to report from, or even travel to, any part of Nigeria under Boko Haram control: The … Continue reading A Western Blind Spot?

Meanwhile In Nigeria, Ctd

Earlier this week, Alexis Okeowo filed an update that lowered the death toll from Boko Haram’s recent assault on the Nigerian village of Baga to “hundreds, but not as many as a thousand.” The UN additionally estimates that some 20,000 people have been displaced by the fighting in the past two weeks. And as Peter Dörrie notes, the atrocity in Baga was … Continue reading Meanwhile In Nigeria, Ctd

Nous Sommes Charlie, But Do We Really Want To Be? Ctd

More reader feedback on this long and comprehensive thread: Jonah’s Jordanian friend raised the tired and disingenuous claim of freedom of speech never being raised for people convicted of anti-Semitic speech in France, or elsewhere in Europe/the larger West, or hate speech convictions being reserved for Antisemitism. This is such a trope, and is extremely annoying to … Continue reading Nous Sommes Charlie, But Do We Really Want To Be? Ctd

Meanwhile, In Nigeria …

Over the past few days, Boko Haram has massacred hundreds of people in what Amnesty International is calling the deadliest attack in the jihadist group’s history: Mike Omeri, the government spokesman on the insurgency, said fighting continued Friday for Baga, a town on the border with Chad where insurgents seized a key military base on Jan. 3 and attacked … Continue reading Meanwhile, In Nigeria …