Wednesday, 14 January 2015

"More and more young Nigeriens are being enlisted in the Boko Haram movement, especially in the region of Diffa" - Mgr. Michel Cartatéguy, The Archbishop of Niamey, Niger

            Niamey - More and more young Nigeriens are being enlisted in the Boko Haram movement. The alarm was launched, in his message at the beginning of the year, by His Exc. Mgr. Michel Cartatéguy, Archbishop of Niamey, capital of Niger. In the document, sent to Agenzia Fides, Mgr. Cartatéguy reports the statements made by MPs of the region of Diffa in the far east of Niger on the border with Nigeria: "The MPs said they are concerned about the growing number of young Nigeriens, boys and girls, who swell the ranks of the Boko Haram sect.

            "According to MP Nassirou - underlines Mgr. Cartatéguy - our young people of Diffa are recruited every day, and these young people know Diffa better than members of Boko Haram and can show them where they have to carry out attacks".
            A fact that cannot be excluded, since Boko Haram has conquered the multinational basis of Baga, on the Nigerian bank of Lake Chad. The base, which in theory housed the military of Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon, could now be used by the Islamist sect to hit not only in the north-east of Nigeria, but also in neighboring Countries, causing an extension of the conflict on a regional scale. .
            According to reports by Mgr. Cartatéguy, the widespread view in Niger is that most of the young Nigeriens join the ranks of Boko Haram for economic reasons and not for religious reasons. The Archbishop also estimates that in the region of Diffa there are now 150,000 refugees from Nigeria and internally displaced persons, caused by the violence of Boko Haram. The situation is aggravated by the recent cholera epidemic that hit the refugees. "Despite the poverty of the region, the local population continues to welcome refugees with fraternity and hospitality" says Mgr. Cartatéguy, and concludes with regret that "the international press speaks very little of the situation in Diffa". (Agenzia Fides 07/01/2015)

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