The war against Boko Haram, which began in the northeast more than a decade ago, has spilled into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. The atrocities unleashed by Boko Haram have affected millions of people in Nigeria and the region as a whole.
Boko Haram insurgency, has mostly affected people living in Nigeria’s north-eastern states. One of them Borno state has been at the epicentre of the insurgency. Its attacks across the country, has been targeting security forces, politicians, and civilians.
Boko Haram’s members use children in attacks, bomb places of worship, both Muslim and Christian, and they bomb busy commercial centre and raid local communities. As of 2019, the Boko Haram, insurgencies has resulted in millions of people being affected, with many facing food insecurity and displacement. Peer influence and the lure of business support are leading factors compelling Nigerian youth to participate in Boko Haram today.
However, the Nigerian military has regained control in parts of the country’s northeast, civilians in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger continue to be affected by grave violations of human rights, widespread sexual and gender-based violence, forced recruitment and suicide bombings.