Nigeria & Boko Haram

Abubakar, Aminu. "Boko Haram Posts Video Purporting to Show Beheadings -" CNN. Cable News Network, 2 Mar. 2015. Web. 05 May 2015.

Boko Haram, a terrorist group in Nigeria, has began to post videos of violent beheadings. This style is one that is primarily used by ISIS, the organization in which Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to.

Who are the main opponents? Anybody who does not agree or uphold the rules that Boko Haram tries to enforce (ex. no western education, no girls in school, etc.). In addition, the group occasionally targets at random.

Any other countries involved or concerned? Those who attempt to combat Boko Haram will also be considered 'involved,' so not many countries are willing to fight back.

How is this conflict being conducted (i.e., what tactics: terrorist attacks, suicide bombers, drones… etc.)? Terrorists are taking innocent civilians and are beheading them. Another well known attack that was recently carried out by BH was the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls.

What was the cause of the conflict (as far as you can tell)? The group is entirely against western education. They claim that women should be at home and not at school learning how to read and write. The name "Boko Haram" translates to 'western education is a sin. '

What efforts are being taken to solve the problem non-violently? Nobody is really getting involved or helping the situation.

Include your evaluation of the effectiveness of these peacemaking efforts or suggestion for what would be more effective. I believe that powerful nations need to come together to provide peaceful soldiers to protect the people of Nigeria against the violence that BH presents. Should the group threaten lives of the innocent, the troops could respond.

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