One Decade Since Boko Haram Violence Began

11/20/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – It has been just over ten years since Boko Haram Founder, Mohammad Yusuf was killed while in police Detention in Northern Nigeria. Boko Haram, which means “western education is forbidden”, was an extreme sect of Islam that Yusuf started in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. It was founded with the idea that Westernization is evil and must be stopped in Nigeria and West Africa. Due to Yusuf’s death, his growing extreme sect became extremely violent.

Since then, this group has murdered at least twenty thousand people and displaced millions of others in their attempt to establish an Islamic Caliphate in Northern Nigeria. They have since split into two separate factions, Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province. Both of these groups still operate today, but the newer of the factions, ISWAP, is much more powerful and is regaining much of the groups former power.

As of today, the Nigerian government is working with international groups to try and stop this terrorist organization. The three other countries that border Nothern Nigeria; Chad, Cameroon, and Niger, have created a coalition to stop Boko Haram because they have started operating in all of these countries. However, due to their inability to effectively control the remote towns in Northern Nigeria and especially the Sambisa Forest Boko Haram continues to find a safe haven to recruit and train. They will continue to harass, kill and destroy until their land has been taken away and their evil ideology has been stopped.

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