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The kidnapping of more than 200 girls in remote northeastern Nigeria has put an international spotlight on the escalating violence—and influence—of the Boko Haram Islamist militant group. The group's four-year insurgency has killed thousands and displaced close to a million Nigerians, making youth in neighboring Niger and Cameroon easy targets for recruitment. With world leaders descending on Nigeria's capital for the World Economic Forum on Africa, we get the latest on security, stability and the future for Africa's largest country.
Excerpted from "'Til the Well Runs Dry: A Novel" by Lauren Francis-Sharma. © 2014, Henry Holt and Co. All Rights Reserved.