ICC Note: Innocents have died as a result of the brutal attacks carried out by Islamic radicals like Boko Haram. Many civilians are tired of witnessing such atrocities without any hope of justice or ramifications against Boko Haram fighters. Some of the victims have decided to join their community vigilante group to fight these radicals back.
06/05/2017, Nigeria (Independent) – Yunus wasn’t always a vigilante – he used to be a bricklayer and made a decent wage.
But two years ago, Boko Haram’s fighters arrived with their SUVs and AK47s and murdered his father. Two days later, they came to his house in the town of Gwoza in north-east Nigeria, but Yunus (30) escaped. His two sisters were not so lucky.
Like so many other young women in the region, including the Chibok schoolgirls, his siblings were kidnapped by the Islamist extremists, and Yunus believes they were forced to marry the brutal insurgents.
Yunus fled north to the city of Maiduguri, where he resettled in the impoverished urban district of Kaleri.