Boko Haram

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Soldiers close to offices of humanitarian group, Action Against Hunger in Maiduguri, Nigeria, September 19th. Photograph: Audu Marte/ AFP/Getty

The Nigerian military has forced international non-governmental organisation Action Against Hunger to stop providing aid in northeast Nigeria, accusin(...)

A Nigerian boy in a transit centre in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, shortly after he was released from military detention in 2017. His father remains locked up in Giwa Barracks. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Children are being doubly victimised in northeast Nigeria’s decade-long insurgency, according to a rights group, as they’re vulnerable to abduction by(...)

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari in his hometown Daura, in Katsina State, on Friday ahead of the country’s presidential election. Photograph: Luc Gnago/Reuters

Nigeria bolstered security in much of the country on Friday on the eve of a presidential election in Africa’s largest democracy, where past ballots h(...)

A street vendor is pictured next to a campaign poster of Atiku Abubakar, leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, February 12t. Photograph: Reuters/Luc Gnago

Muhammadu Buhari won the presidency in a historic election in Nigeria four years ago by promising to crush two scourges that had plagued the nation fo(...)

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya during voting for last month’s election. During his inauguration speech he appealed to separatists to lay down their arms. Photograph: Alexis Huguet/AFP/Getty Images

Cameroon’s president on Tuesday warned Anglophone separatists to lay down their arms or face the full force of the law, a day after dozens of schoolch(...)

Children from Northlen Primary school in Durban, South Africa,  colour in posters to commemorate the life of  Nelson Mandela on Wednesday – the centenary of his birth. Photograph: Rahesh Jantilal/AFP/Getty Images

South Africans have joined former US president Barack Obama in marking the centenary of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s birth with acts of char(...)

Cameroon’s president,  Paul Biya, who has held on to power for 36 years. Photograph: Lintao Zhang  via Reuters

When the American ambassador took up his post in Cameroon late last year, he stepped into an increasingly troubled nation, locked in battle against Is(...)

Some of the released Chibok girls    on May 8th, 2017. They were among 276 schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014 from a  secondary school in Chibok, northeast Nigeria. Some 112 still remain in captivity. Photograph: Getty Images

It has been four years since the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok in northeastern Nigeria, and activists in the capital Abuja are still holdi(...)

 Aishat Alhaji (second right), one of the kidnapped girls from the Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Nigeria, shortly after her release. Photograph:  Jossy Ola/AP

Boko Haram extremists have returned almost all of the 110 girls abducted from their Nigerian boarding school a month ago with an ominous warning, witn(...)

Young women stand in front of a school in Maiduguri, Nigeria in 2013. At least 13 students may still be missing after the attack by Boko Haram on the village of Dapchi, northeastern Nigeria. Photograph:  Jon Gambrell/AP

The Nigerian military rescued 76 schoolgirls and recovered the bodies of two others on Wednesday, after the students went missing during a Boko Haram (...)

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