by Samantha Asumadu
I’ve been following the murderous exploits of Boko Haram, alongside Somalia’s Al-Shabaab for a number of years. I once tried to weigh them up, compare and contrast these two entities causing havoc throughout the regions in which they exist. Initially, bear with me here, I could comprehend the root causes of why Al-Shabaab began even having been in Kampala in 2010 when they bombed it killing 74 people (I covered it for CNN). Though completely distorted now, Al-Shabaab was forged from the ruins of the Islamic Courts Union, a structure which had installed a relative amount of peace and stability in the country through their governance and by resisting practices by Western countries such as the dumping of toxic waste in Somali waters.
However I could fathom no rhyme or reason for Boko Haram, at least in their present day incarnation. What has now become…
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