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The Long Road Back From Boko Haram

Jun 7, 2016

One of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls abducted two years ago by Boko Haram militants returned home last month. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari welcomed her in a televised meeting, promising to support her as she remakes her life and help her return to school and receive needed social support services. Reintegration is the goal for 19-year-old Amina Ali Nkeki and the 4-month-old baby she had while in captivity.

But how will that be achieved?

When 276 girls were forced at gunpoint from their dormitory beds at a school in Chibok, Nigeria, on April 14, 2014, it sparked the creation of #BringBackOurGirls. The campaign, originating in Nigeria, became a global sensation as it pressured the Nigerian government and world leaders to rescue the girls from their Boko Haram kidnappers.

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Marcie Sillman talks to Richard Downie, deputy director and fellow of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. It has been almost a month since nearly 300 school-aged girls were kidnapped in Nigeria by the group Boko Haram. Downie explains who the Boko Haram are and what motivates their egregious tactics.

Lead Poisoning Nightmare In Nigeria May Be Easing

Apr 21, 2014

Children in northwestern Nigeria are no longer dying by the hundreds.

That's the promising word from Mary Jean Brown, chief of the lead poisoning prevention program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Suspicion is immediately focusing on the Islamist group Boko Haram as word emerges about another horrific attack on school children in Nigeria.