A small town in Niger, Africa doesn’t seem “like the front line of an emerging struggle against terrorism.”
But it is.
The effects of the Arab Spring is bubbling over into West Africa.
“Such concerns are increasingly visible in Diffa and other towns nestled along Niger’s long border with Mali and northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram, another Islamist militia with suspected links to al-Qaeda, has intensified attacks this year. In such places, local officials and U.N. workers say, fundamentalist Islam is slowly replacing Sufism, a more open, mystical brand of the faith that has been practiced here for centuries.”
There has been an increase in the amount of Islamist terror in Africa, causing global concern:
“In a post-Osama bin Laden world, the United States and its allies are increasingly concerned that ungoverned patches of Africa could become new havens for global jihadists. While terrorist attacks declined globally last year compared to 2010, including in Iraq and Afghanistan, they increased 11.5 percent in Africa, according to the State Department’s most recent terrorism report.”
Not only does this bring violence and death to these places in Africa, but once it becomes established, religious freedom and women’s rights are trampled to death.
Any religious or political movement that has such a disregard for these basic human rights, must not be tolerated or negotiated with.
You can read the full story on the Washington Post website, which includes a telling photo slideshow.