1 May 2012 at 18:04

Nigeria (preamble)

The first season will take place in Nigeria. BrokenTrack will follow the work of a reporter who will be enquiring about massacres taking place with a terrifying regularity in the northern part of the country, by an Islamist sect called Boko Haram, against populations of different ethnic origins and beliefs.

The country is not French-speaking and as a result, French media only show sporadic interest. Deaths however happen by dozens every time this sect uses armed action and openly threatens the balance and security of the country.

Find out more about the synopsis of the article as written by the reporter for this first season (for safety reasons, we cannot yet name him):

Angle: Is Nigeria entangled in a religious war?

The increasing number of attacks led by Boko Haram, an Islamic sect linked to AQIM, has revived fears of a separation of the country into a Christian South and a Muslim North. Is such a division similar to Sudan possible at all?
Boko Haram wants to impose strict rule of sharia law in the North, and is openly at war against the Federal government. Since 2000, this sect has led many violent attacks against Christians in the North, but also against Muslims who do not share its extremist views. Muslim political and religious leaders have thus been assassinated.
The Islamist group had been annihilated after a repression led by the Army in 2009: how has it managed to re-form? Who is financing it? How should one explain their radicalization? Moreover, why is it supported by the elite in the North? What are they standing to gain from this?
Intercommunity acts of violence are a daily reality, but is their source not rather social than religious? Increasing petrol prices, high income spread, squabbles over access to land ownership are among the foremost concerns of Nigerians whose hopelessness, hatred of politics and pauperization represent a fertile ground for such extremism.
Kabiru Sokoto, a member of Boko Haram and responsible for attacks led during Christmas, managed to escape 24 hours only after his arrest. This proves the depth and reach of the network of support enjoyed by this fundamentalist group.
President Jonathan Goodluck himself has spoken of complicities within the State organs, spanning from the Parliament to justice institutions, and including security forces and the Army. He has announced a strengthening of homeland security: what’s the progress on this front? On his part, Ayo Oritsejafor, leader of the Christian association of Nigeria has pointed to the passivity of governors who are, in his view, responsible for killings.

BrokenTrack invites you to follow his investigation daily, in a near-live mode: his own doubts and changes in a privileged angle instead of another, the dangers he may face and the courage to tackle certain topics, the difficulty to provide an account of a complex reality, etc. In short, discover the shock between the synopsis and the reality of the field.

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