After a New Lines/HumAngle investigation revealed thousands of men detained at the height of the Boko Haram crisis on suspicion of terrorism had been held without access to call their lawyers or families, the Nigerian army reversed course and has allowed detainees to contact loved ones for the first time in nearly a decade.
The phenomenon of koro — disappearing genitals — is as much psychological as it is cultural. As the stressors, including economic uncertainty and societal pressure, that trigger penis-snatching panic attacks have increased across Nigeria, so have cases of reported missing members.
Since the Boko Haram insurgency erupted in Nigeria’s northeast in the early 2010s, thousands of people have gone missing. A New Lines/HumAngle investigation has revealed that the Nigerian state — and the military in particular — has helped to drive this crisis, through extrajudicial killings, mass burials and a deliberate cover-up.
A New Lines investigation found evidence of mass graves dug by the Nigerian army in Borno state. Here is how we uncovered the evidence.
Over the years, Burna Boy has moved from making sometimes subtle, often irregular political statements through his songs to creating works heavily defined by them. But his ambivalence about Nigeria's recent elections reminds us that maybe we should just be in it for the music.
The Nigerian government imposed a "state of emergency" on rape and gender-based violence in June 2020 but has failed to adequately protect survivors. Now, a group of feminists have taken matters into their own hands to advocate on behalf of victims.
“It is vital, it is critical for us to have a peaceful election. Nigeria is too big to fail. We need to conduct ourselves and show that we've come to a place of democratic maturity at least at the standard of being able to conduct elections.”