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Boko Haram: Journey from Evil – Documentary Screening

Chatham House, London


Amanda Bennett, Director, Voice of America
Beth Mendelson, Senior Executive Producer, Voice of America
Ibrahim Alfa Ahmed, Web Editor, Voice of America Hausa
Dr Rob Dixon, Head, West Africa Department, Africa Directorate, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Chair: Sola Tayo, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House


Greater humanitarian and media access resulting from the increased effort in 2015 by the Nigerian military to combat Boko Haram laid bare the devastating effects of the eight year insurgency in Nigeria’s north-east. Thousands have been killed, while millions more have been displaced and livelihoods decimated as a humanitarian crisis has unfolded.
This Voice of America documentary, Boko Haram: Journey from Evil, details the conditions that allowed Boko Haram to gain a foothold in the region and the group’s turn towards violent extremism. With the documentary’s lens on human stories of individuals that have lived through or engaged with the crisis, it examines the needs and possibilities for recovery, and prospects for the rehabilitation and reintegration of former combatants.
Following the screening - the UK premiere of the documentary - a panel of speakers will discuss the film, the wider effects of the insurgency and the prospects for peace and stability in the region. 
The screening will last 52 minutes and will be followed by a discussion and a reception.