The Islamic State’s attacks in Europe earlier this year made headlines around the world. But there’s another terrorist group that by some estimates has killed more civilians over the past few years than ISIS.
That’s Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, which killed more than 6,000 people last year.
It’s a group known for tactics like using child suicide bombers, striking churches at Christmas and kidnapping schoolgirls, like the 276 taken from the town of Chibok in 2014.
The violence has caused a humanitarian crisis that could lead to more people dying of starvation than bullets. About 2.5 million people have been forced from their homes by its attacks.
On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at a murderous terror group that has thrived for 14 years despite the efforts of Nigeria and its neighbors to defeat it.
Joining the program:
- Brandon Kendhammer, a political scientist at Ohio University and the author of the new book “Muslims Talking Politics: Democracy and Law in Northern Nigeria.”
- Emmanuel Ogebe, an activist and human rights lawyer with the U.S.-Nigeria Law Group.
- Mausi Segun, a senior Nigeria researcher for Human Rights Watch.
- Chitra Nagarajan, a women's rights activist and journalist who has written for publications including The Guardian.