Boko Haram

  • by Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by Wanda J. Dixon McKnight
  • 1 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Profiles leaders of the group and explains its history of attacks
Includes footnotes for further reading
Includes a table of contents
"Boko Haram are better armed and are better motivated than our own troops. Given the present state of affairs, it is absolutely impossible for us to defeat Boko Haram." - Kashim Shettima, governor of Borno
On the morning of April 15, 2004, the world woke up to the extraordinary news of the kidnap in a little known hamlet of Nigeria of some 276, primarily Christian schoolgirls, by the radical militant Nigerian insurgent group Boko Haram. Almost overnight, the group, which had resided somewhat on the fringes of global consciousness up until that point, found itself at the forefront as international public outrage, culminating in a social media campaign headed by First Lady Michelle Obama, demanded the immediate return of the kidnapped girls.
Those demands, while laudable, simply served to project a hitherto local and regional jihadist movement, operating in the gray hinterland of the African Sahel region, into an organization with an international profile and a place in the pantheon of globally recognized terror organizations. If anything, the headlines have probably imbued Boko Haram with more punch than it can practically wield, for in reality the organization, at least for the time being, it remains less a jihadist movement that a localized terror insurgency with very locally defined objectives. If Boko Haram does indeed nurture international ambitions, which increasingly it appears to, then these perhaps are a fringe expression of a movement that appears in on the whole, again at least for the time being, to be too haphazard, and chaotic in its administration and leadership to really find a home amongst the larger and better known international organizations.

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Horrendous Group of Fighters

This is a pretty comprehensive, if quick, look at how Boko Haram came about and was able to grab the power that it has. There is also a listing of some horrendous atrocities the group has committed and atrocities committed in the name of putting the group down by the Nigerian government. It was what I expected but still a little shocking to hear. That the US government has not done more is disappointing but not unexpected when you consider who the president is.

I try to be supportive of the narrators, but this was not done well. Despite the fact that Wanda is clearly reading the material, she struggles to do that at times and she also can be heard going to the microphone and away from it. She also turns the pages rather distinctly throughout. In support of Wanda, she has a nice voice and will do well to research how to record audiobooks in a successful way.

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Islamic Fundamentalism in Western Africa

If you could sum up Boko Haram in three words, what would they be?

A fascinating tale which describes how the convergence of colonialism, government corruption and religious extremism has spawned this Nigerian terrorist group.

This audiobook is full of historical and contemporary information on Nigeria, and the author/narrator does a good job detailing how Boko Haram has come to be. Sadly, it seems that the existence of this Nigerian terrorist group was largely preventable!


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-23-2015
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors