What is Boko Haram?

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The kidnapping of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria has drawn global attention to the insurgent group Boko Haram, which President Barack Obama called “one of the worst regional or local terrorist organizations.” (National Geographic News)

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Boko Haram, an organization President Barack Obama calls "one of the worst regional or local terrorist organizations" in the world, aims to make northern Nigeria an Islamist state. Map by Maggie Smith, National Geographic

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Map by Maggie Smith, National Geographic

Discussion Ideas

  • The great National Geographic News article explains Boko Haram, the group that claims to have kidnapped 276 girls from their school in northeastern Nigeria in April. President Obama calls Boko Haram “one of the worst regional or local terrorist organizations” in the world. What are Boko Haram’s goals?
    • Boko Haram is a terrorist organization that aims to make northern Nigeria an Islamist State. Until January 2017, the organization was led by Abu Musab al-Barnawi. Al-Barnawi was arrested by Nigerian police in December.
    • Boko Haram was loosely associated with al-Qaida until 2014.
    • Boko Haram has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State, and its name is officially ISWAP—the Islamic State West African Province.

 

 

 

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