Drama in Dapchi: Another Nigerian Abduction Story

April 02, 2018

The continued abduction of schoolgirls by Boko Haram across Nigeria raises questions about both the government's competence and its willingness to deal with the rebel group.  On February 19, nearly four years after the abduction of schoolgirls by Boko Haram in Chibok, Borno State, which sparked...

Nigeria’s Refugees Face Epidemic of Rape and Abuse

January 08, 2018

Across Africa, armies and police forces regularly prey on civilians, with women and children enduring the worst abuse. In December 2017, The New York Times exposed its readers to a horrific reality Nigerians have known about for years: the plight of female refugees and survivors from...

Why Is the US Fighting in Niger?

November 26, 2017

Across Africa, the US military operates in the shadows.   In October, four American soldiers were killed by Islamist fighters in an ambush near the Niger-Mali border. The incident soon brought media attention to the troops stationed there, yet most of this was focused on Donald Trump’s...

Chad Is Caught in the Crosshairs of Western Politics

October 05, 2017

There seems to be no good reason to justify Chad's inclusion in the Trump administration's new travel ban. Chad is the latest victim of Western politics that threatens to weaken the already vulnerable African state at the expense of its people. Both the United States and the European Union are...

Fighting Boko Haram Through Internet and Education

April 04, 2017

Refugees fleeing Boko Haram are using the internet for the first time in their lives to further their education. Since its emergence in Nigeria’s northeast in 2002, the radical Islamist group Boko Haram has wreaked havoc across the country, leading the government to declare an emergency in...