(RNS) More women and children have been used as suicide bombers in the first five months of this year than during the whole of last year, according to reports collated by UNICEF, the United Nation Children’s Fund.
Same-sex marriage heads back to SCOTUS. A Tennessee sex club becomes a church to skirt zoning restrictions. And Boko Haram rebrands as iSwap, aligning not with Apple but with the Islamic State. All this and more in April’s global religious freedom recap.
(RNS) In Chibok, there were high expectations as the military started combing the Sambisa forest, where the militants are believed to have hidden the children.
MALAM FATORI, Nigeria (Reuters) President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has called Nigeria's reliance on neighboring armies in Niger and Chad a disgrace and has vowed to restore the territorial integrity of Africa's most populous nation amid ongoing threats from Boko Haram.
(RNS) Nigerians, both Christian and Muslim, hope their new president is better-suited to battle Boko Haram insurgents, despite being a Muslim himself.
(RNS) Some Nigerians fear that another term for Goodluck Jonathan would mean the emergence of more Muslim extremist groups in addition to Boko Haram. And they are willing to pin their hopes on a Muslim candidate.
BAGA SOLA, Chad (RNS) Children make up about half of the Nigerians coming to the crowded Baga Sola refugee camp. Many are orphans sinking into despair, traumatized from the horrors they've witnessed and facing an uncertain future.
The pledge would make Boko Haram the largest extremist group to agree to fight under the Islamic State
"America was founded by folks who thought like this," a prominent Yale professor says of Islamist extremists. Some may find his comments difficult to swallow in light of recent events.
(RNS) Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan has been sharply criticized for his management of the Boko Haram crisis and some Western leaders suggested the postponement was a last-ditch effort to shore up his vote.
(RNS) Motivated by tribal wars, the violence in South Sudan has pitted government troops from President Salva Kiir's Dinka tribe and rebels from rival Riek Machar’s Nuer tribe.
(RNS) Nigerian government troops seem weak and incapable of stopping Boko Haram from becoming a growing danger to Africa's most populous country and the world's 10th largest oil exporter.
(RNS) While 20 people were killed in the Paris rampage (including three terrorists), as many as 2,000 were killed as Boko Haram militants took over the town of Baga in Nigeria's Borno state.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) In 2014, Africans suffered dozens of deadly terror attacks by groups either allied with Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi or using similarly bloody tactics.
This month's religious freedom news and views from around the world. Read with caution. Prozac optional.