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In Nigeria, Politics and Militancy Go Hand in Hand

Aug 31, 2018 | 17:38 GMT
An aerial photograph from February 2017 shows a burnt village, believed to have been attacked by Boko Haram, in northeast Nigeria.

An aerial photograph from February 2017 shows a burnt village, believed to have been attacked by Boko Haram, in northeast Nigeria, between Maiduguri and Monguno district in Borno State. The Nigerian air force has constructed a makeshift runway as part of military tactics to counter the Boko Haram insurgency and to accelerate distribution of relief materials by donor agencies to internally displaced people in northeastern Nigeria, where the conflict with Boko Haram has killed at least 20,000 people and left more than 2.6 million homeless in its six-year insurgency.

(FLORIAN PLAUCHEUR/AFP/Getty Images)

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