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Boko Haram
May 8, 2014

Boko Haram and the kidnap of Nigerian schoolchildren is an outrage we cannot ignore

Douglas Murray

Originally published in the Daily Express

‘At first it sounded impossible. How could a terrorist group – even one as ideologically crazed as Boko Haram – succeed in kidnapping more than 200 girls from a boarding school in Nigeria? And then threaten to sell them into slavery? Surely this is some nightmare? Or a story from some distant dark age?

The truth is that it is all these things because a new dark age is exactly what the Islamists of Boko Haram desire. The group (whose name means “Western education is forbidden”) despise the idea of girls being educated. But they and their ideological soulmates don’t simply hate this in Nigeria. They are trying to reverse it around the world, including in this country.’

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Douglas Murray

About Douglas Murray

A bestselling author and award-winning political commentator, he previously founded the Centre for Social Cohesion, which monitors extremism in Britain. Murray is the author of numerous publications including, "Victims of Intimidation: Freedom of Speech within Europe's Muslim Communities". A columnist for Standpoint magazine, he writes for a variety of other publications, including the Spectator and Wall Street Journal. Murray is an expert on Islamist extremism and UK foreign policy. He recently published a book on the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday.

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