n African Renaissance - "Daughters, brides, and supporters of the Jihad" : revisiting the gender-based atrocities of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Volume 12 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


This paper revisits Boko Haram's attacks on and use of women and girls in terrorist operations as part of its mission to establish an Islamic Caliphate in northeast Nigeria. Using the State Fragility thesis as framework of analysis, and the Chibok Abduction of 14 April, 2014, as an empirical case study, the paper examines how and why women and girls have become very central to Boko Haram's reign of terror in Nigeria. The paper further examines the consequences of these assaults, the governments' response, and how the attacks have helped further Boko Haram's operations and strategic goals. We conclude by offering some suggestions that could help stem terrorist violence against women and girls in northeast Nigeria.

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