Boko Haram grew out of a region in Nigeria called Maiduguri in the state of Borno. Boko Haram roughly means “western education is sin.” In addition, to carrying out violence against Christians, Boko Haram has attacked schools, leaving the almost 52,000 orphans in Borno without an education. Without education, these children are susceptible to being radicalized restarting the vicious cycle of violence. This ticking time bomb will only lead to more violence against Christians in the region, who have faced increasing persecution because of the violence of Boko Haram.
2017-05-19 Nigeria (Hindustantimes) – After a night on the streets, the pack of young boys move into Maiduguri’s abandoned amusement park in the early morning to play on the broken-down rides. Shoeless and wearing ragged clothes, they sprint to the merry-go-round, its chipped candy-coloured paint bleached by the scorching sun.
The horses are motionless but the boys laugh like they’re in Disneyland, forgetting their troubles in a brief moment of joy. They are among thousands of children orphaned by Boko Haram Islamists now living in the capital of Borno state, in northeast Nigeria.
“They are internally displaced persons (IDPs) but they are not in camp,” said Salisu Ismail, a 42-year-old who works near the amusement park.
“There is no care for them, so they come here and play. They aren’t supposed to be here, they should be in school but they don’t have any access. It’s really painful to see.”