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Boko Haram Terrorism Continues

29 Nov Boko Haram Terrorism continues

Boko Haram terrorism continues in northern Nigeria. The group responsible for kidnapping over 200 schoolgirls in the spring has struck again. On Friday, terrorists bombed a mosque in Kano killing 81 people at prayer. The Boko Haram group is suspected.

The bomb attack on a mosque in Nigeria killed dozens. Why would Islamic militants bomb a mosque? Because they say the Muslims in Nigeria are corrupt. One former governor preaches for people to stand up against these kidnappers, and strike back against this group that enslaves girls. Fridays attack was not the first, last year 40 worshipers were killed in Borno.

Boko Haram is now into suicide bombings, even using females to attack a market, which killed 21 people. A bus station suicide bomber killed 40 people. The Nigerian Army was successful in removing Boko Haram within two weeks after they had claimed Mubi, a large town of 200,000. Civilian vigilantes supported the army, which struggles with leadership, mutinies, and desertion.

It was world-wide news last spring, when the militant group terrorized a community by burning a school, and then kidnapping almost 300 school age children, whom were never to be seen again. One escaped by jumping off the vehicle, driven by the Boko Haram, after they burned out her school. They took the girls deep into the forest. She didn’t know if she would make it, but she did.

Boko Haram Terrorism continuesHer name is Mercy Paul, and now, she is in America. Ann Curry, from NBC has interviewed the 18 year old with her therapist present. She has made it all the way to a school in Oregon on the west coast, where she is learning English, and hopes to be a doctor. She relayed in the interview that Boko Haram instructed, if they ran, they would kill them. Mercy decided to jump and so did dozens of others.

Boko Haram wants northern Nigeria to be Islamic and keep President Goodluck Jonathan, a southern Christian, from controlling them. He plans to run for re-election in February. Some Nigerian officials believe Boko Haram is like the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Jonathan GoodluckBritian may send military trainers to assist Nigerians and their government to help push back, contain, or restrict these Boko Haram militants. Though, the Nigerian Army did retake the town of Mubi, some feel they are outclassed in operations, capacity, and motivation.

More than 2,500 people, military and civilians, have been killed this year alone. The Red Cross says a million people have fled their homes due to this violence. Many have gone to Cameroon and set up small villages or camps. Economic advancement has been stalled, tourists are not coming, while parks and merchants suffer monetary losses.

But more than 200 schoolgirls remain missing. Boko Haram made a video and blasts that the girls are now Islam converts, being sold to men. The world responded with slogans of bring back our girls, especially, social medias. Michelle Obama has been videotaped in support of the outrage against these tragedies in Nigeria.

Schoolgirl EscapesA scholarship has been set up at the United States boarding school, where, Mercy Paul, now attends classes and lives. She misses friends, still over there, and prays for their release. She prays for the captors, too, and that they give in to what is right and release the kidnapped girls.

While the struggle continues in Nigeria, and the missing schoolgirls remain unaccounted for, one girl has made it out. It is expected a few of her friends will join her in Oregon. This is good news, and maybe ‘hope’ for the ones still missing.

By Kim Troike

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Hilary Clinton Urges Unified United Nations Response

14 Sep

Women and GirlsHilary Clinton met with an audience on Friday after discussions about women and their empowerment in the world. The Ford Foundation held a two day conference and Hilary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, was a speaker. She is also a potential candidate for the presidency of the United States of America in 2016. The faces of women and girls in times of normalcy are showcased here in the following photos.

Women and GirlsClinton is deeply concerned about women and girls where terrorists are concerned and wants the United Nations to do even more on a global scale. She sees that terrorists and especially two groups, Boko Haram and Islamic Militants are a direct threat to women and girls in Africa and parts of Iraq and Syria. These groups use women by kidnapping and other violent acts of war.

Women and GirlsShe would like to see a tracking mechanism done very early maybe through the Security Council and more unification from the United Nations. The kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian school girls, which occurred in March, is still ongoing and some governments have not shown a serious enough concern, she feels. Areas of concern for Hilary Clinton are of course previous war zones and terrorist sites such as North Africa, Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan and now areas across Africa where Boko Haram threatens.

Women and GirlsSyria and Iraq have come to the forefront with ISIS, or ISIL, spreading fear through evil acts put across social media. Now a third victim has fallen for all the world to see, meanwhile three families have seen their worst nightmare realized from sheer horror at what ‘monsters’ can do. This isĀ  now the world where our young children grow up. An adult can not even process the terror, let alone the mind of someone who trusts them to know right from wrong. Unfortunately they get to “see” the evil and it becomes a part of their day. Women and girls are vulnerable in places where they have yet to realize true freedoms because they are female.

Women and GirlsJohn Kerry, Secretary of State, says the United States is at war with the ISIS group. He urged everyone to not get “war fever” over the terminology as it can be confusing. He further states in an interview with CBS “Face the Nation” that just like we oppose and fight al Qaeda, we will do the same to ISIS. Saturday a video was released by ISIS with its terrorists’ act against an aid worker from Britain.

Women and GirlsHumanitarian aid workers and journalists who’ve been captured are now being killed by terrorists; they show these monstrous actions for the world to see. John Kerry has met with leaders in Egypt to hopefully build a coalition against ISIS. This is Obama’s strategy and they feel Egypt could have an influence over the region. Egypt has 25% of the Arab people. Kerry says the ideology of ISIS has “nothing to do with Islam.” The message of hate is not what a Muslim is about.

Women and GirlsKerry will attend a conference in Paris on Monday in which the international community will address the Iraq crisis. In addition the UN will discuss this crisis also. Retired General John Allen and Deputy Secretary of State Brett McGurk have been appointed to lead this US coalition against ISIS. Women and girls are at risk around the globe and Hilary Clinton urges the United Nations to be more broad and encompass this growing conflict, that puts women at risk during times of crisis, terror and war.

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