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Military and government officials supervise the airlift of girls rescued from Boko Haram at Maiduguri Airport. Stringer/EPA

How Boko Haram has evolved over the past ten years

It's been a decade since Boko Haram morphed into a violent, radicalised, Jihadist sect after the death of its founder. Since then it has caused untold harm in Nigeria.
Judges in the courtroom prior to the the sentencing of Jean-Pierre Bemba at in the International Criminal Court in The Hague Robin van Lonkhuijsen/EPA

Why a regional criminal court for Africa is a good idea

The AU's new International Criminal Law Section offers a chance for the regional body to address root causes of conflict.
Flavour, a popular Nigerian musician, can wear his dreadlocks in peace because they are seen as a temporary fashion statement. Elizabeth Farida/Wikimedia Commons

In Nigeria, dreadlocks are entangled with beliefs about danger

Nigerian men who wear their hair in knots are not a new phenomenon, but the hairstyle's spiritual heritage sparks fear in the hearts of many.
Women report abuse during delivery. Shutterstock

Subtle abuse affects women during childbirth

Research in Ghana, India and Kenya shows that more women experience subtle forms of undignified care than they do physical and verbal abuse during childbirth.