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Nigeria: fighting Boko Haram with books

The story of the Chibok girls has gone around the world to make many people aware of the brutal activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

The Revd Dr Sid Garland

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Some of the many children being cared for by ECMI

The very name conjures fear and conveys their conviction that Western (or Christian) education is wicked. Education standards in the area had been in decline because of the low priority given to schools. The outbreak of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2009 gave a further deadly blow to the little that was left of education in the region. Most schools in Borno State have remained closed since 2013 with many of the children in stop-gap camps or in the homes of relatives across different parts of the country as internally displaced persons.