This Group is Even More Dangerous Than ISIS

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There is a group that kidnaps young women, launches suicide attacks on civilians, and dreams of establishing an Islamic state in an oil rich region. It may sound like ISIS, but it is actually Nigeria’s Boko Haram.

The name Boko Haram name literally means “western education is forbidden”. The group promotes a version of Islam that forbids Muslims from voting, wearing western clothes, or receiving a secular education, as these activities share an association with western civilization. In 2014, Boko killed as many people as ISIS, but did so in half the number of attacks.

However, there is no western military coalition against Boko the way there has been against ISIS. The global media also tends to largely ignore them in favor of ISIS. Is this because ISIS threatens Europe while the attacks of Boko Haram are confined to an African country?

No one, anywhere in the world, should have to face violence and intimidation in their efforts to obtain an education. Call on the United Nations Security Council to use every tool within their power, including the use of force, to maintain or restore international peace and security. They need to support Nigeria so that Boko Haram can become a thing of the past.

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