Boko Haram

CEASEFIRE: Missing Schoolgirls Heading Home?

AP | Bashir Adigun and Chika Oduah | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada

ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria's government and Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate ceasefire, officials said Friday. The fa...

Let's Remember #BringBackOurGirls on International Day of the Girl Child

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

October 11th marks the International Day of the Girl Child, a day to promote the rights of girls and address the unique challenges they face. It will also mark the 179th day since more than 270 Nigerian girls were awakened by gunfire and kidnapped from their Chibok boarding school by Boko Haram.

The Complicated History Behind The Formation Of Boko Haram's Caliphate

Udoka Okafor | Posted 10.25.2014 | Canada
Udoka Okafor

The news of The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant declaring a caliphate infuriated the international community. But now, how do we understand Boko Haram and deal with their increasingly brutal domination? We must understand them through the ideologies that define them and their history.

The Nigerian Government Is a Greater Threat to its People Than Boko Haram

Udoka Okafor | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada
Udoka Okafor

Corruption is a disease that has infiltrated the fabric of my country, Nigeria. It has become a way of life. Corruption exists, not simply at the human level, but at an institutional level as well. Our political climate and sociocultural narrative is fundamentally shaped by corruption.

How Canada Should Fight Terrorism

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

This week, Canadians observed the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. For Sikh Canadians and Jewish Canadians alike, the Day of Remembrance has particular resonance. That our two communities have shared experience in facing terrorism was pointedly on display during the 2008 Mumbai attack.

Nigeria Must Remain Neutral When It Comes To Religion

Udoka Okafor | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada
Udoka Okafor

Freedom of religion and freedom of conscience are rights that are so fundamental to the maintenance of democratic principles of state that it calls for a fervent protection of the rights of atheists and religious persons, alike. The rights of atheists and the rights of religious persons ought not to entail persecution of said persons.

Blame Human Nature For Boko Haram, Not Islam

Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan

In the United States gruesome murders are common and merit only passing attention. In a shooting spree, also in April, three people were killed at a Jewish community centre near Kansas City. The media did not mention the religion of the accused. Had they been Muslim their religion, and perhaps Muslims in general, would have been maligned.

Boko Haram-Type Groups Exist in Every Muslim Society

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

Boko Haram may seem like a remote African tribe that abducts girls, threatens to kill them, and marries them off against their will. Some introspection would reveal that the same tendencies are alive and instrumental in all Muslim societies.

Pray for the Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada
Debbie Wolfe

With every day that passes, the Nigerian schoolgirls could be moving further into dangerous territory of all kinds. Exploitation like the kinds they may be facing can have intensely disturbing effects on a child's social, emotional cognitive and spiritual well-being -- as well as their long-term development.

Yes, You Can Sell 300 Girls in a Market -- Are We Outraged Yet?

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Josh D. Scheinert

Slavery is real. According to Boko Haram, the terrorist group wreaking havoc in Nigeria, the nearly 300 girls that it abducted from school are to be sold in a market. This is an outrage, an affront to every notion of our individual and shared humanity. But it's only a drop in the bucket.

Canada To Help Find Abducted Nigerian Girls

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - In the messy world of competing international interests, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird decided Wednesday that the fate of hundreds of a...

Can the World Do Anything For the Kidnapped Girls of Nigeria?

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Wayne K. Spear

As I write this, the swell of a Western grassroots outcry against the Nigerian outfit, Boko Haram, appears to be forming across social media. There's a specific aspect of war crimes which it is necessary to emphasize, and that's the use of sexualized violence against women as a tool of war. Can we all agree to stop using the phrase "the forcible sale of women into marriage"? Church bells and nuptials this is not. It's profiteering from rape in a triple currency which is simultaneously economic, military and psychological in nature.

Canada, Ban This Organization That Burns Christians and Bombs Churches Now

Sheryl Saperia | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Sheryl Saperia

Groups like the Tamil Tigers intimidated, assaulted and extorted Tamil-Canadians to provide financial support to the Tigers. Babbar Khalsa, a Sikh separatist group, also continued recruiting and fundraising within the Indo-Canadian community despite its sponsorship of the 1985 Air India bombings that killed 331 people.

Islamic World Must Unite to Condemn Attacks on Christians

Farzana Hassan | Posted 02.24.2012 | Canada
Farzana Hassan

While the Vatican and Western leaders have condemned the attacks on Christians as heinous and cowardly, an unequivocal denunciation must also come from the Islamic world against Nigeria's Boko Haram and other radical Islamic groups terrorizing Christian communities in their midst.