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Trouw - Netherlands | 13/05/2014

Actionism won't help against Boko Haram

In video footage published on Monday of more than 220 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria, the kidnappers of the Islamist sect Boko Haram offer to let the girls go in exchange for the release of its members in prison. The US, the UK and France have meanwhile sent police and military experts to the country to help in the search for the girls. The Christian-social daily Trouw doubts such short-term operations will achieve any results: "After weeks of silence, government leaders are now demonstrating a remarkable willingness to take action. The US and UK are sending military spies and negotiators to Nigeria. ... But is this justified attention for the kidnapped girls not just a PR initiative that will do little to remedy the unrest and poverty in the north? Boko Haram has been pursuing bloody activities undisturbed there since 2002. ... Yet this would be the perfect moment to tackle the perverse corruption of Nigeria's politicians. Boko Haram often cites this corruption as a reason to distrust the current system and fight for an Islamist state."

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