An International Crisis at Hand

Nigeria, a place of violence, that some may not even be completely aware of.  Nigeria, a country where villages and borders are burnt to the ground.  Nigeria, a country where there are mass killings of innocent people.  Nigeria, a country that is silently pleading for international assistance.

The violence and corruption in Nigeria is caused by the Islamic Extremist group Boko Haram.  This extremist group has captured and held many numerous territories in Nigeria since the summer of 2014; specifically 20 towns in the northeastern part of the country. 

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Many innocent civilians are trapped in areas controlled by Boko Haram, where sadly, they are completely cut off from humanitarian aid.

Since 2009, Boko Haram have been attacking innocent civilians and have been committed to overthrowing Nigeria’s government and implementing an Islamic state.  The leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has expressed his plans to kill all Muslims who plan to continue living in a democratic state.  In addition, the extremist group mentioned being at war “against Christians and democracy”.

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Boko Haram has escalated its attacks by killing 10,000 Nigerian people in 2014, alone.  According to the National Emergency Management Agency, 1.5 million people have been displaced; while about 200,000 Nigerians have fled to countries surrounding the state.

The Nigerian security forces deserve to be aided in protecting the innocent people of their country against the Islamic Extremist group.  Unfortunately, the Nigerian government is incapable of meeting the imperative humanitarian needs of the displaced persons of the northeast part of Nigeria. International assistance is needed to defeat the extremist group.  International aid is necessary in order to reform the army and police in order to save the lives of millions.  

Help Nigeria by:

  • raising awareness
  • speaking up
  • becoming more educated

Nigeria, a country where villages and borders are burnt to the ground. 

Nigeria, a country where there are mass killings of innocent civilians. 

Nigeria, a country that is silently pleading for international aid.

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-Hayley Fox

 

 

 

 

 

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