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UNHCR seek US$157 million to aid Boko Haram displaced

SHAFAQNA - The UN refugee agency has appealed for $157 million to help over 280,000 people affected by the Boko Haram Takfiri terrorist group. On Wednesday, the UNHCR announced that the amount was required to aid some 208,000 Nigerian refugees…

Fleeing Boko Haram

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SHAFAQNA - The camp was supposed to be a refuge. Falmata’s life had been stolen by war ever since the sixth grade, when she was abducted from her home and raped repeatedly by Boko Haram’s fighters for the next three years. She finally…

Cameroon becomes target of Boko Haram

SHAFAQNA - Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 10 villagers in northern Cameroon on Sunday night in what army and local officials said was revenge for attacks by Cameroon’s army. Cameroon’s semi-arid Far North region has been…

Boko Haram has used 83 children as suicide bombers in 2017 – UNICEF

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SHAFAQNA - Boko Haram has dramatically increased the use of children in suicide bomb attacks on civilians in Nigeria, UNICEF reported Tuesday. There has been a four-fold increase in the use of weaponized children as part of the Islamist…

Boko Haram suicide bombers kill 19 in Nigeria’s Maiduguri

SHAFAQNA - Four Boko Haram suicide bombers killed 19 people in a series of attacks that targeted a civilian self-defence force and the people who gathered to mourn their deaths, police in northeastern Nigeria said Wednesday. Borno state police…

Boko Haram terrorists kidnap 22 girls, women in northeast Nigeria

SHAFAQNA - The Boko Haram Takfiri terror group has kidnapped nearly two dozen girls and women in two separate attacks in northeast Nigeria as fears grow of more such raids amid the Nigerian military’s failure to contain the Daesh-linked militancy. Witnesses…

NATO’s War Of Resources Is Causing A Humanitarian Crisis In West Africa

SHAFAQNA - In late February 2017, Norway hosted an international humanitarian conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad region in hopes of attracting major donors to fund relief work.  As Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende…

Cameroon expelled 2,600 Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram: UN

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SHAAFQNA - More than 2,600 Nigerians who fled into northern Cameroon to escape Boko Haram Takfiri militants have been forced to go home since the start of the year, the UN said Tuesday. Thousands of Nigerians have been displaced by the Boko…

IDPs in Nigeria receive food aid

SHAFAQNA - Doctors Without Borders says it has given food to some 26,000 families who have been displaced by the Boko Haram Takfiri terrorist group in northeast Nigeria, stepping outside its usual medical role in an attempt to prevent more…

Nigerian army captures key Boko Haram camp

SHAFAQNA - Nigeria's army has captured a key Boko Haram camp, the terrorist militant group's last enclave in the vast northeastern Sambisa forest that was its stronghold, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Saturday. Boko Haram has killed…

Boko Haram blocks aid to refugees in Cameroon, UN says

SHAFAQNA - The United Nations warned Friday that the threat from Boko Haram terrorists was complicating efforts to help tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees living in dire conditions in northern Cameroon. The UN refugee agency said one…

UN says NE Nigeria drawn back by 70 years in education

SHAFAQNA - Boko Haram insurgency has set back Nigeria’s northeast by at least 70 years in education development, killing 611 teachers and forcing an estimated 952,029 children to flee schools, the UN said Friday. “As of 2015 in Nigeria,…

Nigeria military sells weapons to Boko Haram

SHAFAQNA - The Nigerian military disclosed that some of its officers had sold arms and ammunition to Boko Haram.The theatre commander, Operation Lafia Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, told reporters in Yola that the affected officers were…

Militant Christian group in Nigeria threatens to attack Muslims if Boko Haram kills Christians

SHAFAQNA - A Christian militant group in Nigeria responded to the latest threats made by Boko Haram extremists against Christians by vowing to take on Muslims in return. The Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders (NDRC) released its statement…

49,000 kids dying of malnutrition linked to Boko Haram: UN

SHAFAQNA - Some 49,000 children will die of malnutrition in areas once cut off by northeastern Nigeria's extremist uprising if they don't get treatment, the U.N. children's agency warned Tuesday. UNICEF called on charities and donors to respond…

Boko Haram suicide bomber kills 11 at mosque in Cameroon

SHAFAQNA - A suicide bomber belonging to Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram killed at least 11 people when he blew himself up close to a mosque in Cameroon near the Nigerian border, military sources and local officials said on Thursday. The…

Nigerian Forces Free 5,000 Boko Haram Hostages in Borno State

SHAFAQNA - The Nigerian army says it has rescued more than 5,000 people who were being held hostage by Boko Haram following a clearing operation in four remote villages in the northeastern Borno state. "Our troops have decisively dealt with…

The rifts behind Nigeria's mass kidnap

SHAFAQNA - When local people warned that hundreds of Islamist militants were heading towards his remote town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria, Danuma Mphur hurried to summon help. As chairman of the Parent Teachers Association at the town’s…

Boko Haram’s female suicide bombers

SHAFAQNA - The female suicide bomber has become the signature weapon of the Nigerian jihadist group, Boko Haram. Women have strapped explosives to their bodies in other recent conflicts – from Chechnya to Iraq, from Pakistan to Palestine,…

Families of Nigerian Missing Girls on Kidnapping Anniversary

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SHAFAQNA- Angry over lack of progress to resolve one of the highest-profile mass kidnappings in the world, Nigerians marched in their country's major cities on Thursday to demand the safe return of girls who were abducted by Boko Haram extremists…
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Boko Haram Kidnaps 16 Women in Northeast Nigeria

SHAFAQNA - Boko Haram gunmen have abducted 16 women in a remote area of northeast Nigeria's Adamawa state, police, a lawmaker and locals said on Thursday. "We received report of the kidnap of 14 women and two girls by gunmen believed to…

Terror attack rocks Nigeria

SHAFAQNA - Two female suicide bombers have attacked a mosque in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing 22 worshippers, the army says. The first bomber struck inside the mosque, while the second blew herself up outside as survivors…

Boko Haram targets children in Nigeria

SHAFAQNA - Boko Haram militants killed 86 people, including children, in their recent attack on villages in northeastern Nigeria on Saturday. Horrifying details of the attacks emerged on Sunday. The Saturday night assault on the outskirts…

Tensions rise in Cameroon as armed militants step up violence

SHAFAQNA - Officials confirmed on Wednesday that at least 10 people have been killed by a suicide bomber at a mosque in northern Cameroon. Nigerian militant group Boko Haram have recently stepped up terror attacks in neighburing Cameroon,…

Nigerian former Minister warns President Buhari over torturing, poisoning or murdering of Sheikh Zakzaky

SHAFAQNA- A former Nigerian minister has warned President Muhammadu Buhari that “all hell will break loose” if the three prominent prisoners currently being detained by the state are harmed in any way, Nigerian newspaper Premium Times reported. Femi…

Boko Haram Violence Forces More Than 1 Million Kids to Leave School

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SHAFAQNA - Violence in northeast Nigeria and neighboring countries targeted by Boko Haram has forced more than one million children out of school, leaving them prey to abuse, abduction and recruitment by armed groups, the United Nations said…

Niger says two soldiers killed in suspected Boko Haram attack

SHAFAQNA - A thwarted attack by suspected Boko Haram Takfiri militants has claimed the lives of two Nigerien soldiers and left several others wounded, Niger’s defense minister says. Karidjo Mahamadou said that the casualties came in Niger’s…

UN Chief decries Boko Haram violence

SHAFAQNA - “The continuing violence by Boko Haram is an affront to international law, to humanity and to religious faith, said Mr. Ban in a statement issued yesterday evening by his spokesperson. According to the statement, the UN chief…