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Boko Haram Huntress

Boko Haram Huntress
From Al Jazeera - April 16, 2018

Since the dawn of humanity, hunters have roamed the forests and savannahs of Africa. Fast forward to the 21st century, and there is no big game left in northeasternNigeria.Artillery fire exchanged between Boko Haram fighters and the Nigerian military has scared the animals away.

Now hunters track and capture rebel fighters. Feared for their superior tracking skills and their belief in the supernatural, they help the military hunt down Boko Haram.

With little or no money from the authorities, hunters rely on locally made weapons to fight a heavily armed enemy.

Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates to "Western education is forbidden", has waged a 10-year armed campaign to create an Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria.

The group has killed tens of thousands, displaced 2.3 million from their homes, and is ranked among the world's deadliest armed groups.

Chief among the hunters is Aisha Bakari Gombi. She is the 'Queen Hunter', a title given to her for bravery on the battlefield. Aisha and her band of hunters defend their communities.

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