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Community theater troupe foster cohesion in Northeastern Nigeria

The Boko Haram insurgency in northeastern Nigeria has created a culture of fear and distrust among religious groups in Michika, a local government area in Adamawa state. This distrust is prominently seen among Muslim and Christian groups who blame each other for the insurgency.

CAVE campaign film screening in Abuja

Boko Haram and its separate ISIS-West Africa faction have been terrorizing northeast Nigeria since 2009 and 2016, respectively. In that time, Boko Haram has killed tens of thousands of people, kidnapped hundreds of schoolchildren and aid workers, and displaced more than 2.2 million people within Nigeria and the greater Lake Chad Basin.

Food products available at a vendor's shop in northeast Nigeria

It was a good day when Ramatu*, a widowed mother in northeast Nigeria, first used an electronic voucher to purchase food: “I was so happy. I danced when I got home, telling my children and grandchildren that our days of hunger have gone."

Onyekachi Ekezie

After graduating with a degree in computer science, Ekezie, 34, stayed in the United States to work in the oil and gas sector with the hope of eventually returning to Nigeria. By the time he returned to Lagos, the downturn of Nigeria’s petroleum sector led Ekezie to look at other careers.

Artist performs at SAVE concert

Boko Haram insurgency reached its peak in Nigeria’s Adamawa state in 2015. Two local government areas were under control of the extremist group while the insurgents continued to terrorize parts of the northeastern state, displacing thousands.

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Last updated: September 22, 2020

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