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Shocking school abuses in Nigeria
Nigeria launched a crackdown on informal Islamic schools and rehabilitation centers, after a number of police raids found men and boys allegedly subjected to beatings, abuse and squalid conditions.
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September 29, 2019
Nigeria group Muslim Rights Concern estimates about 10 million children attend Islamic institutions in...
Kaduna, Nigeria
A 14 year-old-boy, one of hundreds of men and boys rescued by police from an institution purporting to...
Nigeria group Muslim Rights Concern estimates about 10 million children attend Islamic institutions in the West African country, which has a mainly Christian, relatively prosperous, south and a largely Muslim north with higher levels of child mortality and malnutrition.

Pictured: A 14 year-old-boy, one of hundreds of men and boys rescued by police from an institution purporting to be an Islamic school, reveals scars in his ear at a transit camp set up to take care of the released captives in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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September 29, 2019
As shocking as the revelations about these schools were to people in Nigeria and around the world, they...
Kaduna, Nigeria
A sheet hangs from a window inside the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity...
As shocking as the revelations about these schools were to people in Nigeria and around the world, they have not shaken the underlying devotion of some northerners to the religious leaders who ran the raided centers, nor to the Islamic education system from which they emerged, according to Reuters' interviews with current and former students, parents and community leaders.

Pictured: A sheet hangs from a window inside the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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September 27, 2019
Many of those interviewed blame the government for failing to provide the formal education and services...
Kaduna, Nigeria
Item are seen littered inside the school premises of Daru Imam Ahmed Bun Hambal Islamic school in Rigasa...
Many of those interviewed blame the government for failing to provide the formal education and services young people need in this impoverished region and tend to attribute troubles in the raided schools to lower-level teachers, rather than to the revered mallams, the Islamic scholars in charge.

Pictured: Items are seen littered inside the school premises of Daru Imam Ahmed Bun Hambal Islamic school in Rigasa Kaduna, Nigeria September 27. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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September 28, 2019
State institutions cannot meet the educational or social welfare needs of the booming, mostly Muslim...
Kaduna, Nigeria
One of the children rescued by police shows the marks on his back at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna
State institutions cannot meet the educational or social welfare needs of the booming, mostly Muslim population in the north, experts and child advocates say, largely because of limited and poorly distributed resources. Fewer than half the children in the region attend government primary schools, according to the latest official figures, from 2015.

Pictured: A child rescued from a school by police shows the marks on his back at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria, September 28. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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September 29, 2019
Islamic schools, known locally as almajiri schools, help fill the void, enrolling an estimated 10 million...
Kaduna, Nigeria
Layers of security barbed wires are seen on top of a banner on the building where hundreds of men and...
Islamic schools, known locally as almajiri schools, help fill the void, enrolling an estimated 10 million students. "If today we decide to close all of the almajiri schools ... there would be an educational crisis, said Mohammed Sabo Keana of the Abuja-based nonprofit group Almajiri Child Rights Initiative, which advocates for better conditions in the centers.

Pictured: Layers of security barbed wires are seen on top of a banner on the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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September 29, 2019
With mental health and substance abuse programs scarce, some mallams in recent decades have offered to...
Kaduna, Nigeria
A mattress and blankets are seen in a room inside the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued...
With mental health and substance abuse programs scarce, some mallams in recent decades have offered to treat behavioral problems including drug addiction and delinquency, attracting students from across West Africa.

Pictured: A mattress and blankets are seen in a room inside the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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November 06, 2019
Suleiman Surajo, 25, shows scars on his back that he says he received from his time as an inmate at an...
Daura, Nigeria
Suleiman Surajo, 25, shows scars on his back that he says he received from his time as an inmate at an...
Suleiman Surajo, 25, shows scars on his back that he says he received from his time as an inmate at an Islamic rehabilitation center in Daura, Nigeria October 19. Boys and men were packed 40 or 50 to a room meant for eight, said Surajo, who added that he saw neither family nor friends during more than a year at the school. He said teachers would call students to the courtyard at 6 a.m., where they would be beaten, naked, as they washed. REUTERS/Paul Carsten
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November 06, 2019
Huraira Alasan, 50, a cake seller who lives near the border with Niger, said her family paid 160,000...
MASHI, Nigeria
Huraira Alasan, 50, stands with residents as she attends an interview with Reuters in the town of Mashi...
Huraira Alasan, 50, a cake seller who lives near the border with Niger, said her family paid 160,000 naira ($521) to enroll her 30-year-old nephew at Hamisu's Katsina school for drug treatment. Hamisu told Alasan he would be healed through prayer, she said. But when she visited one Friday she found the young man in chains, begging to be released, she told Reuters. His father later demanded that he be unshackled but kept the young man in the school. "He wanted his son to stop taking drugs," Alasan said.

REUTERS/Paul Carsten
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November 06, 2019
Masuda Rafindadi, a former student at an Islamic rehabilitation center who now runs his own school, attended...
Katsina, Nigeria
Masuda Rafindadi, a former student at an Islamic rehabilitation centre who now runs his own school, attends...
Masuda Rafindadi, a former student at an Islamic rehabilitation center who now runs his own school, attended the Daura school two decades ago and still bears scars that he said are from beatings there. But he said lashings were needed to correct bad behavior.

Today he beats some of his 100 students, although does not chain them, he said. He had nothing but praise for his teacher, Abdullahi.

"For the whole of our time, mallam gave us love," he said. REUTERS/Paul Carsten
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November 06, 2019
Oct. 16, 2019 - Police freed about 500 men and boys, many of whom had been chained to walls, molested...
Katsina, Nigeria
Wooden boards with koranic verses are pictured outside Mallam NigasÕs Islamic school and rehabilitation...
Oct. 16, 2019 - Police freed about 500 men and boys, many of whom had been chained to walls, molested and beaten, from an Islamic school in the northwestern city of Katsina in its eponymous state, law enforcement sources said.

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November 06, 2019
A view shows the outside wall of Mallam Nigas's Islamic school and rehabilitation centre in Katsina city,...
Katsina, Nigeria
A view shows the outside wall of Mallam NigasÕs Islamic school and rehabilitation centre, which was raided...
A view shows the outside wall of Mallam Nigas's Islamic school and rehabilitation centre in Katsina city, Nigeria October 18. The writing on the wall reads: "Love the prophet and his family and you will be a beneficiary now and in the hereafter." REUTERS/Paul Carsten
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