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The road to redemption? Unmaking Nigeria's Boko Haram

ABUJA, 1 October 2015 (IRIN) - Is Nigeria attempting the impossible in trying to de-radicalise Boko Haram militants? IRIN speaks to the prisoners, their victims, and the de-rad “treatment teams” trying to reintegrate them into society. We explore what drove the men to join an insurgency that is tearing the region apart and ask whether such a programme can work. full report

Cattle rustlers profit from Boko Haram bonanza

KADUNA, 28 September 2015 (IRIN) - Cattle theft has long been a problem in northwestern Nigeria but the general insecurity caused by the Boko Haram insurgency is emboldening seasoned rustlers and encouraging those struggling with endemic poverty and high unemployment to turn to it as a lucrative second ‘career’, with potentially disastrous consequences. full report

No aftercare for Boko Haram bomb victims

KADUNA STATE, 23 September 2015 (IRIN) - Countless Nigerians have been killed by Boko Haram suicide bombings since 2009. Many more have survived, but their difficulties are far from over. full report

Millions going hungry because of Boko Haram

ABUJA/DAKAR, 11 September 2015 (IRIN) - Ongoing attacks by Boko Haram have left millions of people in Western and Central Africa without enough food to eat. full report

Freedom brings stigma and fresh fears for Boko Haram 'wives'

YOLA, 1 September 2015 (IRIN) - Hundreds of women and girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram have since escaped or been rescued, but their struggles are far from over. full report

Nigerians who fled Boko Haram forced home

YAOUNDE, 21 August 2015 (IRIN) - As many as 15,000 people who took refuge in northern Cameroon after fleeing violence in Nigeria are now being sent back home, over fears they could have ties to Boko Haram. full report

Refugees pour into Cameroon fearing Boko Haram

MINAWAO, Cameroon, 10 August 2015 (IRIN) - Boko Haram attacks in northeastern Nigeria and along the Cameroonian border have caused a surge of refugees in recent weeks, most of them trying to flee further into Cameroon. The only camp near the border, at Minawao, is overcrowded and some people have taken to living rough in the bush: full report

Cameroon pays high price for joining Boko Haram fight

MAROUA, 31 July 2015 (IRIN) - New security measures across much of Cameroon, which are meant to prevent more attacks by Boko Haram, are having a negative impact on people's livelihoods. full report

Niger: Boko Haram's neglected crisis

NIAMEY/DAKAR, 29 June 2015 (IRIN) - Nigerian families first began seeking refuge in Niger in 2013, but Boko Haram-related violence in the region has spiked in recent months, causing the number of refugees to balloon and leading to a fast-growing humanitarian crisis that is garnering little international media attention: full report

Avian flu threatens West Africa poultry farmers

OUAGADOUGOU, 23 June 2015 (IRIN) - The loss, since January, of more than 1.7 million birds across five countries in West Africa is threatening the livelihoods of poultry farmers across the region. full report

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