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Nuanced about Boko Haram

Women and the war on Boko Haram. Wives, weapons, witnesses
Forfatter: Hilary Matfess
Forlag: Zed (African Arguments) (London)
Over the past three years, Hilary Matfess has interviewed a number of women who have been liberated from Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria. She challenges the reader to nuance her image of the group.

This article was translated by Google and R.E.

Saturday morning 11. July in 2015, a male Boko Haram fan dressed up as a respectable lady in burqa. He made his way to "Le Grand Marché" in Chad's capital N'Djamena – and blew himself up in the air. 15 random people were killed, 80 injured.

I'm in N'Djamena when I read Matfess' book about Boko Haram and the role of women in the group. In the large market in the city, there are no visible marks of the suicide bomber. Everything . . .

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Ketil Fred Hansen
Hansen is a professor of social sciences at UiS and a regular reviewer at Ny Tid.

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