More than 1,000 schools destroyed by Boko Haram this year: UN

The Chibok public school where more than 200 schoolgirls have been abducted by Boko Haram Islamists, on April 21, 2014Boko Haram Islamists have destroyed an estimated 1,100 schools this year in their stronghold region surrounding Lake Chad, the United Nations envoy to the area, Toby Lanzer, said Monday. Lanzer, who became the UN envoy to central Africa’s restive Sahel region in July, said the targeted schools were in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, the four countries most affected by the extremist uprising. The name Boko Haram is a Hausa-language term that roughly translates into “Western education is forbidden”, and the group has been blamed for scores of attacks on schools and universities in an insurgency that has killed at least 17,000 people since 2009.

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