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9-year-old Nigerian writes on terrorism


As Nigeria and the rest of the world prepare to put an end to the activities of the militant group, Boko Haram, a Nigerian 9-year-old, Splendour Joe Abisoye, has authored a book on terrorism.

She shares details of conversations with displaced children as a result of violence in the northern part of the country, where Boko Haram has occupied since 2009.

While sharing her experience during a visit to an Internally Displaced camp in the North, Splendour said the minds of most of the children have been debased.

I was influenced to write this book because of the happenings around us and the fact that terrorists we see today were once children like us. If they were properly educated on this subject, they may not have ended up as terrorists.

According to her, many of the children said they prefer to join Boko Haram to guarantee their protection.

Since the current insurgency started in 2009, 20,000 people have been killed and 2.3 million displaced from their homes.

Out of the 2.3 million people displaced by the conflict since May 2013, at least 250,000 have left Nigeria and fled into Cameroon, Chad or Niger.

Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and neighbouring countries have suffered regular cross-border attacks by the group in recent times.

Security experts say suicide bombings often carried out by young women recruited by the militant group are becoming almost daily occurrences in the Far North region.

Nigeria, Benin and some neighbouring states have pledged to put an end to Boko Haram. The militant group is based mainly in Nigeria but has become a major threat to wider regional security.

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