Human Rights Watch’s West Africa Director Corinne Dufka says the Nigerian group Boko Haram has killed more than 2,000 people in the first half of this year by bombings, murder, rape and kidnapping in widespread or systematic attacks.
Dufka says Boko Haram is ‘effectively waging a war on the people of north-eastern Nigeria at a staggering human cost.’
‘We have documented 95 attacks on 70 towns and villages, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria,’ she said.
Conformation of the 2,053 deaths is based on media reports, human rights groups and others.
One of Boko Haram’s most infamous attacks was the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls in Chibok in April. However, Human Rights Watch said there have been many attacks on schools where male students were often killed. In February, an attack on the Federal Government College in Buni Yadi in Yobe State left 59 boys dead.
Dufka added that Human Rights Watch and others also have documented abuses by Nigerian Security forces. These include use of excessive force, arbitrary detention, the burning of homes and the extrajudicial killing of those suspected of supporting Boko Haram.
Sources: International Christian Concern, Voice of America
- Pray the deaths of so many will not be in vain, but that through this current violence and unrest, God will build His church by encouraging the faith of believers and making them more dependent on Him.
- Pray for the healing and comforting Spirit of our Lord and Saviour over the families of those perished and missing; pray for the immediate and safe return of all kidnapped in Nigeria.
- Pray God will grant strength and wisdom for those who are trying to bring an end to violence perpetrated by Boko Haram.