Nigeria Unpredictable

Since 2009, northern Nigeria has been witness of a bloody wave of attacks lead by the militant group Boko Haram on his quest to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state. No matter that a state of emergency was declared in the area, attacks were intensified last year.

As military crackdown has failed to rout the insurgency, citizens have decided to build up self-defense groups to try to identify and capture these militants with the support of the army. Self-defense groups are patrolling the streets seeking for any kind of evidence to show up this hidden and slippery Islamic group

Iron bars, rusted knifes, pipes, hand-made bows, every sharply objects seems useful to intimidate and to defeat Boko Haram. As most of young people are jobless a bunch of volunteers want to join these self-defense groups. It is quite often to see young people under drug effects joining them without any kind of control from local authorities.

Five years into an insurgency, Nigeria is reeling. Carnage and mayhem that was once limited to the poor, largely Muslim northeast has spread elsewhere. Boko Haram now openly challenges the government, its campaign to impose its fundamentalist view of Islam intensifying.

An estimated 4,000 people have been killed so far in 2014 and more than 200 of the girls abducted from a school in Chibok in April are still believed to missing, along with countless other women and girls. Nigeria’s military has been struggling to combat Boko Haram militants and its forces have also been accused of human rights abuses, including torture and extrajudicial killings