Every day, HumAngle’s journalists and researchers gather, sort through, and file stories on issues important to society. We bring you stories about development, conflict, and humanitarian trends across Africa in hopes that we can improve understanding of the most pressing problems and improve people’s quality of life.
In this roundup, staff writer Umar Aminu Yandaki shares some of the most important pieces of reporting we published last week — in case you missed them.
THE TOP STORY
The dearth of quality education has been one of the major factors stifling Nigeria’s tumultuous journey towards development. Public schools, patronised by the majority of the Nigerian population, are grappling with serious systemic problems. In this report, HumAngle presents the challenges faced by a Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) primary school in Sogene, a community in Nasarawa, North-central Nigeria. The most paramount of them is the school’s need for more teachers. “There are only two teachers in this school; myself and one other teacher,” the school’s head, Abdullahi Ahmed, told HumAngle.
Sarah Musa, the mother of the youngest victim of the Birnin Yauri Mass School Abduction, reveals her first daughter’s dream of becoming a paediatrician. But those dreams lie in tatters. The girl was abducted from Federal Government College Birnin Yauri and has not returned.
Counter-terrorism forces have continued to succeed in operations against the Islamic State leadership, killing two ‘caliphs’ and several high-ranking officials within a matter of months in Iraq and Syria. The Lake Chad province of the group has also remained under pressure. They have pursued a policy of keeping what is known about their leaders to a minimal level. But the killings raise questions over this key part of the Islamic State’s strategy.
Just a few years ago, travellers worried about armed robbers. Today, the threat has escalated, especially in Northern Nigeria. The worry is about terrorists wielding some of the most dangerous weapons, who will waylay travellers and, instead of taking money and goods, will march whole buses into captivity in the bush. Some of Nigeria’s busiest roads have become terror hotspots across Kaduna, Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto, and Niger states.
In 2014, Furaira and her family fled their home in Gwoza, Northeast Nigeria, to Girei in neighbouring Adamawa. After a year of adjusting to a new environment, her husband decided to migrate to find a better job. But it has been seven years and he has not returned or sent financial support since.
Nigeria is facing widespread violence that has led to the loss of lives and displacement. On last week’s episode of The Crisis Room, we discussed with Muhammed Akinyemi and Adejumo Kabir the role of guns in fueling violence across the country.
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