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UN seeks money for Boko Haram victims

Boko Haram is widely known as a radical Islamic militant group that has been prevalent in international news over the last year due to the numerous attacks against civilians in Nigeria and surrounding countries. Details of the horror committed by Boko Haram include attacks on villages, churches, mosques, and schools, including the kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls in April, 2014. Over the past six years, it has been estimated that these terrorist acts have caused the displacement of around 192,000 people in neighboring countries Cameroon, Niger, and Chad, as well as about 1.2 million within Nigeria.

In an attempt to help all of those who have fallen victim to attacks by Boko Haram, the UN is coordinating an effort to support these refugees by seeking $174 million in aid. Liz Ahuiha, the coordinator for the Nigeria refugee effort, believes the aid is crucial to helping victims, as “Displaced people in northeastern Nigeria and across borders are in a very dramatic situation, they fear for their lives and are at this point unable to return to their homes”. Should the UN agree to provide aid, the money will help provide these refugees with clean water, shelter, food, medical treatment, and access to education.

Given that the ICC has condemned actions by the radical Islamist group ISIS, it will be interesting to see if they come out with further condemnations and actions against the human abuse crimes committed by Boko Haram. As well, if the UN grants this money for aid, could it be possible for a UN referral for an ICC investigation? While that is a hope, it seems unlikely in the near future as the UN has not opened an investigation against ISIS.


One response to “UN seeks money for Boko Haram victims

  1. tcheng2015 April 13, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Exactly 1 year ago, 200 girls were abducted from their dormitories in Chibok located in northeast Nigeria. Given the widespread violence inflicted upon various communities throughout Nigeria, it is likely that a UN referral to the ICC will take place. Although there were no signs of the missing schoolgirls in the past year, sources say that a Nigerian woman who was living under Boko Haram’s rule saw the girls in Gwoza hours ago. Could it be that the global campaign, Bring Back Our Girls, has made a difference in bringing back the Chibok schoolgirls?

    The idea behind raising awareness on a global scale compared to awareness and initiatives on a local scale relate to what we have been learning about in class regarding the effectiveness of local traditional justice. Although there is a certain standard of justice that must be achieved on a global scale, some argue that local traditional justice would provide more benefits to the people within the community. While an international effort to raise awareness to bring back the Chibok schoolgirls is a great first step, should the government of Nigeria start focusing on a local level rescue approach? Despite efforts by the US, China and other foreign powers to help find the missing girls, it seems more beneficial to tackle this problem on a local level with local forces.

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