Over the past few years, the extremist group Boko Haram has terrorized the greater Lake Chad Basin of West Africa. The group has tortured, kidnapped, and killed innocent civilians in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, and Chad. In the last twelve months alone, Boko Haram’s activities have been characterized by sensational acts of violence and terrorism such as the kidnapping of hundreds of young girls, suicide attacks in busy markets, and a pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State.
A combined offensive of Nigerien and Chadian forces recently began to eradicate Boko Haram in those two countries, as well as to defeat the group in Nigeria itself. A U.S. team is mentoring one of the key units in this effort – a 150-man Nigerien Army unit responsible for security along the border between Niger and Nigeria.
While the Nigerien unit is well trained and motivated, they do not have all the equipment needed to detect and survive Boko Haram attacks. Simple equipment such as metal detector wands, first aid kits, and stretchers would drastically improve the unit’s ability to withstand Boko Haram, survive attacks, and safeguard the local population; headlamps and hydration systems (Camelbaks) would help them conduct patrols in all conditions.
With your help, Spirit of America can provide these critical items and help put an end to the horrific actions of Boko Haram.
Greetings, Our new Africa project manager, Chris VanJohnson, and I recently returned from southern Niger, where Boko Haram has been terrorizing the civilian population in their pursuit of a caliphate. Over the past few months, Spirit of America has provided support – medical equipment, metal detectors, flashlights, etc. – to the Nigerien security forces working … Continued
Spirit of America supports the safety and success of deployed US troops and diplomats and the local people and partners they seek to help. This means working in some of the most challenging environments in the world, countering great violence and extremism. Last week Boko Haram attacked two villages in Niger and slaughtered dozens of … Continued
Greetings, I recently returned from the West African country of Niger. Situated north of Nigeria and west of Chad, the southern portion of the country has been plagued by attacks by Boko Haram. Fighters belonging to the extremist organization, which recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, slip across the Nigerian border into Niger and … Continued