As Boko Haram continues to add it’s part to Nigeria’s history of conflict and war, the world is mobilizing to help Nigeria combat this dangerous Islamist terror group, here are some quick facts and stats on Boko Haram:
What is the official name of Boko Haram: The full, official name of Boko Haram is Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad. This name in Arabic is Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad).
What Does Boko Haram mean in English: The literal translation from the Hausa language to English is “Western Education is Sin.” *Hint: They don’t like the West.
Where is Boko Haram located: Originating in Nigeria, this terrorist group also operates out of Niger, Cameroon, and Chad; all are neighbors of Nigeria.
Who founded Boko Haram: A Nigerian Muslim named Mohammed Yusuf (January 29, 1970 –July 30, 2009) founded Boko Haram in 2002.
When did Boko Haram begin fighting: Boko Haram began armed attacks against the Nigerian government in 2009.
Does Boko Haram have any international allies: The Boko Haram leadership has international connections to Al-Qa`ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Al-Qa`ida core, Al-Shabab, the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), Al-Murabitoun,, and other Islamist militant groups outside Nigeria. AQIM is fighting in Algeria and other parts of the Sahara, Al-Shabab is the main Islamist group in Somalia, MUJAO is fighting in Mali, and Al-Murabitoun is in Algeria and other parts of the north Africa.