Boko Haram - the Caliphate in Nigeria
Boko Haram sect, caliphate and shariaWhat the Islamic State is doing in Iraq and Syria is Boko Haram in Nigeria. In atrocities they are not inferior to each other and in their ideal to found a caliphate the way to the goal is cruel and full of atrocities for both organizations. They commit the most heinous acts of terrorism, all in the name of faith and the sharia law. Boko Haram is officially called People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad. This terror group is like a cult and has links with Al Quaeda. The name means Scam is sinful.
Source: Michelle Obama, Office of the First Lady, Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)
Girls from ChibokDuring the advance of IS in Iraq and Syria in 2014, there is regular news about the terror of Boko Haram. In April 2014, they abduct a large group of school girls at Chibok, to the horror of the whole world. Of the 276 girls, 53 managed to escape. Four girls are killed. The girls will be released after negotiations in October 2014. They were allegedly exchanged for a number of prominent Boko Haram members who were imprisoned. The group is opposed to Western education, it is not characteristic of the culture of the country and is forced by the English colonial administration. Education must be based on Islam. Boko Haram also prohibits other Western achievements such as wearing T-shirts and long pants. Nigeria is ruled by unbelievers, Boko Haram believes, and the terror movement wants to change that with a heavy hand. Boko Haram proclaims the caliphate on August 24, 2014.
Military battle in NigeriaBoko Haram was founded in 2002. Since 2009, the group has been fighting a military battle to arrive at an Islamic state. No means are shunned. Villages are being attacked, burned down and the residents are chased and killed. It brings in tens of thousands of refugees, people who leave everything behind to save their lives. There are bomb attacks and executions. The terrorists are mainly active in northeastern Nigeria, but also carry out attacks in the capital Abuja. The violence has intensified since the beginning of 2014. Many, many attacks and abductions take place throughout the year.
JanuaryThe year starts horribly for the people of Baga. A major attack is being committed and the village is being destroyed. There are hundreds of victims, but there are also 2000 deaths. The terrorists come with heavy weapons and shoot around. They chase engines behind fleeing people and almost nobody can escape the violence. The houses are completely burnt. Baga and surrounding villages are occupied by Boko Haram. The Red Cross offers assistance to the refugees in the region. About 2000 people have been able to flee Baga. Three hundred women are said to have been abducted.
Boko Haram uses children to commit suicide attacks. Sometimes it is girls who are barely ten years old who have to walk into a market with a bomb belt to blow themselves up and others. On January 10, a ten-year-old girl blows herself up in the town of Maiduguri. A day later something similar happens at a market in Potiskum. Two girls are forced into action and they drag three people to death. At least 26 people are injured.
January 10, 2015Boko Haram also took the military base at Baga, where a multinational force was established with soldiers from Chad, Nigeria and Cameroon. The Nigerian army launched an offensive against the terrorist movement on 9 January to recapture the city of Baga. The army uses combat aircraft and soldiers. Satellite images show that the villages of Baga and Doron have been wiped off almost completely.
January 20, 2015On January 18, Boko Haram kidnaps eighty people from the village of Mabass in Cameroon. It would concern thirty adults and fifty children. On January 19, the Cameroonian army liberates 24 of the eighty. Three people would have been killed in that action.
African countries want to form an intervention force to tackle the terror movement.
January 26, 2015The terror movement attacks the Nigerian city of Maiduguri on the night of 23 to 24 January. More than two hundred people are killed. Boko Harma attacked the city from three sides, but the militants seem to hold out. More than a million people live in the city.
A massacre was started in the state of Adamawa. They murdered, plundered and set fire to dozens of women and children.
On January 23, the terror movement released 10 people who had been held hostage in northeastern Nigeria since January 6. These people have nothing left, their houses are blown up.
January 27, 2015President of the African Union (AU) Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma calls on African countries to fight against Boko Haram. The chairman said that at a meeting of Foreign Ministers in Addis Ababa. The world has to fight against extremism, but Africa has to face the danger of Boko Haram, Zuma believes.
January 29, 2015Boko Haram is causing death and destruction, and the people who manage to escape the terrorist acts say that the authorities do not oppose extremists. Boko Haram steals food and then sets everything on fire. There are no soldiers who stop the terrorists. People flee to the mountain tops and those who cannot escape in time, especially women and children, are abducted.
Boko Haram is still attacking Maiduguri and holding three of the four access roads and fighting for the fourth. If the Boko Haram succeeds in getting hold of that access road, then the people in the city are trapped. No mercy is offered, it is made clear.
February 1, 2015The African Union is taking measures.
March 1, 2015Boko Haram kidnaps girls and sends them onto the market with bomb belts.
April 1, 2015Boko Haram is pushed back by Nigeria and neighboring countries.
May 1, 2015The Nigerian army liberates hundreds of women and children.
June 1, 2015Women are engaged in combat or used as human shields. Boko Haram burns down entire villages and kills the residents.
July 1, 2015Some of Chibok's abducted girls are forced to fight along.
August 1, 2015The radical Islamic movement is said to have undergone a change of leadership.
September 1, 2015Boko Haram imitates the propaganda and combat methods of Islamic State.
October 1, 2015Boko Haram is the terrorist counterpart of the Islamic State.
November 1, 2015Not only Nigeria but also neighboring countries are suffering from the terror of Boko Haram.
December 1, 2015Boko Haram has a war zone of the area around the Sambisa forest and Lake Chad.
January 1, 2016British soldiers are going to assist the Nigerian army in gathering intelligence and are training Nigerian soldiers in dismantling explosives
February 1, 2016Boko Haram has withdrawn to the Mandara Mountains.
March 1, 2016It was a year ago that the new president took office. Boko Haram is still not beaten despite his promise.
April 1, 2016The terror affects millions of people, children can't get to school and disrupt communities.
May 1, 2016Two abducted Girls from Chibok return and talk about the atrocities they have experienced.
June 1, 2016Even the mosque is not sacred to the extremist Islamic movement.
July 1, 2016The acts of terror continue 'normally' during Ramadan.
August 1, 2016There is a humanitarian disaster due to water and food shortages.
September 1, 2016The terror movement sabotages oil installations and oil pipes.
December 1, 2016Bodo Haram is almost defeated, reports the president of Nigeria.