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July 18th, 2018

Baroness Cox talks escalating violence in Nigeria

On the 17th of July 2018, Baroness Cox (crossbench) talks in the House of Lords and asks the UK Government how they will respond to the escalating violence between communities and armed groups in Nigeria. A copy of the full debate can be found here. _________________________...

July 3rd, 2018

Why is the Fulani Herdsmen crisis so difficult to tackle?

The Fulani Herdsmen have been involved in violent clashes with Nigerian farmers for over two decades. Amnesty International has declared that 549 lives were lost to such conflicts in 2017 alone. With such alarming figures it is clear that tension between Fulani herdsmen and local farmers is a grave cause for concern for both the government and the people of Nigeria....

July 2nd, 2018

Fulani Herders follow on from Boko Haram

The Islamist insurgency in northern and central Nigeria continues to escalate as Fulani militants use sophisticated weaponry and “barbaric” practices to displace vulnerable rural communities. Thousands of Christians have been killed and hundreds of churches have been burned....

June 29th, 2018

Baroness Cox talks continuing violence between communities and armed groups in Nigeria

On the 28th of June, Baroness Cox (crossbench) talks in the House of Lords and asks the UK Government how they will respond to the ongoing crisis in Nigeria. Before speaking, Caroline requested updates from our partner Rev. Hassan John in Jos.   A copy of her full speech ca...

May 16th, 2018

Spotlight: News from Nigeria in May 2018

Boko Haram hostage turns 15 in captivity  Christian schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu turned 15 last Sunday on what was her 84th day in captivity. Leah was abducted by Boko Haram on the 19th February 2018 in Dapchi, Yobe State following yet another schoolgirl kidnapping in North-eastern Nigeria....

April 30th, 2018

Spotlight: Fulani Herdsmen kill 19 in Church raid

Tuesday 24th April 2018 Two Priests and 17 worshippers were killed last Tuesday at the hands of the Fulani Herdsmen during an early morning mass service in Benue state, Nigeria. The State police spokesman Trevor Akase told CNN that the herdsmen “burnt nearly 50 houses during the attack and sacked the entire community”....

April 27th, 2018

Baroness Cox receives answers to written questions on Nigeria

Baroness Cox (crossbench) posed questions to the UK Government about the recent Boko Haram abductions of schoolgirls and what efforts are being made to secure their release. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative) replied.    Baroness Cox To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 26 March (HL Deb, col 613), what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria to secure the release of Christian schoolgirl Leah Sharibu who was abducted by Boko Haram; and what progress has been made on securing her release....

April 27th, 2018

The uncertain future of Nigeria’s 2 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

For our purposes, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are those displaced by natural disasters or conflict from their homes and traditional support structure and have not crossed the borders of their countries.
Source: Women’s UN Report Network
Nigeria is currently hosting approximately 2.1 million IDPs in thirteen camps across the country and more than 56% of them are children....

March 27th, 2018

Baroness Cox in Parliament: Oral question on Nigeria

Yesterday, Baroness Cox raised the situation in Nigeria in the House of Lords, asking Her Majesty’s Government for their assessment of ongoing civilian attacks by Boko Haram and the Fulani Herdsmen.  Baroness Cox To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of recent developments in Nigeria, with particular reference to attacks on civilians by Boko Haram and the Fulani....

March 22nd, 2018

HART Prize for Human Rights 2018| Snatched

With the most number of entries we’ve ever received, the competition was even harder with such exceptional submissions that demonstrated inspiring passion for Human Rights advocacy. Rachel Rotimi, 19, won joint 1st place in our HART Prize for Human Rights Senior Creative Category 2018 with her art titled:   Snatched  In this piece I hoped to depict the tragic kidnapping of the 276 Chibok girls in Borno State, Nigeria in April 2014 by the terrorist group- Boko Haram....
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