Take Part quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on how to help save Nigeria’s girls from Boko Haram:

As part of this bargain, the boys are asked to beg for alms to help pay for their food, board, and basic necessities.

“But instead of begging, what Boko Haram does is goes around with pennies, and they’ll hire these young boys for a penny or two to watch Nigerian military movements or carry messages around for them,” says J. Peter Pham, an expert on Boko Haram at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. “It’s an example of how poverty makes for an easy operational climate, and I would hope the government makes a plan.”  

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