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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Africa Policy Breakfast: Boko Haram & its Regional Impact

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 -
8:00am to 10:00am

Over the past several years Boko Haram has killed and displaced thousands of people in West/Central Africa, primarily in Nigeria and increasingly in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.  Founded in 2002, Boko Haram is an avowed affiliate of ISIS.  Boko Haram's leadership views the region as part of the so-called ISIS caliphate and is committed to subjugating and/or killing the Christian and Muslim populations in this region. 
 
In response to such attacks, the military forces of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Benin, with military assistance provided by the U.S., are constraining Boko Haram.  But in limiting Boko Haram's ability to take territory, these countries are increasingly the victims of suicide attacks carried out by Boko Haram operatives taking the lives of hundreds of civilians and displacing populations.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

HVC 201AB

The Capitol Visitor Center
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Keynote Speaker:
Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs
Department of State

Moderator:
Mr. Nii Akuetteh
Executive Director, The African Immigrant Caucus

Panel of Experts:
 Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II
Dean, The Elliott School of International Affairs
George Washington University
&
Dr. Raymond Gilpin
Dean, Africa Center for Strategic Studies
National Defense University