The Ones That Got Away

Since 2009, Boko Haram insurgents have been terrorizing civilians in northeastern Nigeria. The group gained international notoriety when they abducted hundreds of girls from a school in Chibok, in Borno State, and over the years has abducted thousands of men, women, boys, and girls to use as soldiers and sex slaves. An estimated two million Nigerians have been displaced as a result of Boko Haram’s campaign of terror. Last year, Nigeria elected a new president, Muhammadu Buhari, who made a commitment to bring the insurgency to the end. In December 2015, President Buhari declared that his military had “technically” defeated Boko Haram – a claim challenged by most impartial observers.