Boko Haram : Africa Of Peril

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Boko Haram: Africa in Peril The African Continent has had numerous problems in the last century that have caused low development, low hygiene, and high death rates. These problems include finances, lack of clean food and water, poor weather, diseases, and terrorist attacks. All of these problems can cause death, poverty, or a need to emigrate from the area. For years these problems have made it difficult to develop these countries to enable them to help their citizens and vanquish these problems. Terrorism is a large threat to Africa, but mainly in Western Africa, due to the large group known as Boko Haram. Boko Haram has done mass abductions, displaced millions from their homes, and killed thousands. To understand how Boko Haram effects Africa one must be familiar with their history and attacks,tactics and strategy, and their organization and recruitment. Boko Haram has a brief, but very eventful history where it has gone through periods of violence, allegiance to other groups, and turmoil within their group. The group was founded in 2002 by Mohammed Yusuf in Maiduguri, the northern state Borno. A religious center was set up here, where it attracted Muslims to create an Islamic State. For example, in an article by Africa Check Boko Haram’s founding was discussed: “The group now known as Boko Haram began to emerge in 2002, when a collection of like-minded Islamists retreated to a remote area of the northeast called Kanamma… They had been followers of a young, charismatic

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