Children in conflict zones are subject to high rates of violence (killing, or severely harming), forcible inscription and negative developmental challenges. Violence against children is often used by armed groups to instill terror in populations, and to reaffirm brutality and
Boko Haram continues to be one of the most high-profile and lethal conflict actor within the West Africa. The group has developed into a transnational actor and is active in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Mali and Niger. Boko Haram is also
On the 17th of October, Hassan Tukur, a senior aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, announced that the Nigerian government had agreed a ceasefire with Boko Haram and secured the release of the 219 girls kidnapped from Chibok earlier this year
In February 2012, Boko Haram members burned down three schools in the town of Maiduguri in north-eastern Nigeria. The group claimed that the attack was provoked by indiscriminate student arrests in Islamic schools by state forces (IRIN, 4 October 2013).
Following the announcement on the 16th October that the Nigerian government had negotiated the release of over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped from Chibok in Nigeria, the global trend of deliberate and recurrent attacks against schools and education in conflict-affect areas has
Nigeria is one of the most active countries in the ACLED database, in terms of both volume of events and fatalities. The country is currently host to numerous violent political actors including ethnic militias, militant regional groups and Islamist insurgents.
The escalating security crisis in northern Nigeria has drawn international attention in recent weeks. ACLED has received a number of requests for data on the activity of Boko Haram, and has compiled here some resources for researchers, journalists and other
Caitriona Dowd has put together a fascinating comparison of Boko Haram and LRA. Both are ‘non-traditional’ political violence threats, and exhibit common traits which may come to characterize many groups across African states. ACLED Working Paper – Boko Haram and