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Crisis in Bolivia | Boko Haram's decade

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019

 

Editor's note

As Evo Morales left Bolivia on a plane to Mexico, a day after he resigned as president, he tweeted that he would “return with greater strength and energy”. His departure, which has been met with both jubilation and despair by different parts of Bolivian society, has left the country in a political crisis. Angus McNelly explains how a decade’s worth of political events have unfolded in the space of a couple of weeks, reorienting Bolivia’s political terrain.

It’s been 10 years since the Boko Haram terror group declared a Holy War against the Nigerian state. Since then the group has been linked to the deaths of over 37,000 people, kidnapped more than 1,000 children and displaced over two million. Jideofor Adibe argues that Boko Haram has survived thanks to its ability to adopt different strategies.

Gemma Ware

Global Affairs Editor

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Bolivia in crisis: how Evo Morales was forced out

Angus McNelly, Queen Mary University of London

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Military and government officials supervise the airlift of girls rescued from Boko Haram at Maiduguri Airport. Stringer/EPA

How Boko Haram has evolved over the past ten years

Jideofor Adibe, Nasarawa State University, Keffi

It's been a decade since Boko Haram morphed into a violent, radicalised, Jihadist sect after the death of its founder. Since then it has caused untold harm in Nigeria.

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Politics + Society

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Health + Medicine

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