January 20, 2015

Besting Boko Haram

Featuring Alice Hunt Friend

Will anything stop Boko Haram? As Western media became consumed with the wave of terrorism in Paris, the Nigerian terrorist group slaughtered hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people in the northeastern city of Baga. On the heels of this atrocity, Boko Haram’s deadliest yet, the group executed another ruthless attack: forcing little girls to detonate suicide vests in a crowded market.

First kidnapping girls, then using them as human bombs. There seems to be no end, and almost as disturbing, no effective response to Boko Haram’s path of destruction. Yet, with regional and Western help, there are many things that the Nigerian government can do. So why hasn’t Abuja been able to defeat Boko Haram?

Read the full article on War On The Rocks.