Author: Henry

The Nigerians are Trying to Free Two Abducted Men

The Nigerians are Trying to Free Two Abducted Men

They fled a Boko Haram massacre. Now, after years in refugee camps, families return to rebuild their lives in war-racked Dapchi, in the Lake Chad region of Nigeria.

A tall man in a traditional hat rides with pride a large donkey. A young girl, wearing a blue, headscarf and a traditional hat, rides a donkey of her own.

The two rides pass the ruins of an abandoned school. The man points out what used to be the school’s playground and a brick building that used to be the library.

“This is the school. This is the library. This is where the children used to be. We have been here for decades. This is where the children used to play. We have been abandoned. Now, this is where we are going back to rebuild our lives,” he says as he points to the school and a library.

Boko Haram is known as a radical Islamist group with a strict interpretation of Islam, but it and other similar groups like Islamic State are not universally unpopular.

Many communities in Nigeria including the Lake Chad region believe that Nigeria is their country and should not be taken over by a foreign power. They are determined to see their state remain and to be left alone. But when they flee Boko Haram, it is the international community, and in particular the United States, that is swift to help them.

For the second time in about two years, the Nigerian government and U.S. officials are trying to secure the release of two men being held by the Nigerian military. This time they are a father and son who were abducted by Boko Haram and held for over a year.

John Garang Olawale of Nigerian businessman and businessman in Dapchi: “A big worry for me is that the Boko Haram members know the road to Dapchi. They also know how to find us here.”

A Nigerian businessman and businessman in Dapchi, John Garang Olawale is one of those who fled in the wake of Boko Haram after a massacre

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