Seeds: Boko Haram is an Islamic extremist terrorist group founded in 2002 in Nigeria that has spread to Cameroon, Niger and Chad. The group’s initial plan was to rid Nigeria of corruption, which in their view included the acceptance of western values, and instead install strict Sharia law. The group has assassinated individuals, bombed churches and schools, kidnapped over 250 school-aged-girls, raided and murdered entire villages, and pledged allegiance to ISIS. 20,000 people have been killed and 2 million have been displaced from their homes.
Core: Boko Haram has increased its use of child bombers within the last year. According to a UNICEF report, 1 in 5 suicide bombings carried out by Boko Haram are done by children. The report details how 75% of these child-led suicide bombings are carried out by girls who have been drugged. Furthermore, the boys recruited into Boko Haram are often forced to attack their families as a sign of loyalty.
Skin: It is the year anniversary of the abduction of 276 girls from a school in Chibok, Nigeria, which has brought the group back into attention. The #Bringbackourgirls movement has reminded the world of the atrocities.
Leaves: Only 53 of the girls who were abducted a year ago have been found, and the terrorist group continues to seize females, ultimately selling them into sex slavery, torturing them, abusing them, killing them, or forcing them to conduct a suicide bombing.
Food For Thought: Do you think the international community is doing enough to stop more localized terrorist organizations such as Boko Haram? Do you think that the United States should take more direct action?