Boko Haram, a feared group of radical African Muslims, has been terrorizing the northeast of Nigeria for over a decade now. Over the past few years, however, their presence in the mostly Christian nation has led to heavy violence.
Now, reports coming out of Nigeria are showing the group to be equally as harsh and unforgiving as fellow extremists ISIS.
Boko Haram has been growing in power, using violence and fear tactics to control civilians. The Islamic extremists declared Gwoza, Borno, a large region in Nigeria, as their own this month.
Boko Haram has also infiltrated Gwoza and "beheaded every Christian man available in the areas, while [the victims'] wives have been forced [to convert] to Islam and given out in marriage to the [Boko Haram] sect members," reports the Nigerian Daily news.
According to the Director of Social Communications for the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, “The houses of Christians that have fled are now occupied by the Haramists. Their cars are used by the terrorists. Some Boko Haram sympathizers around the town showed the terrorists Christian homes, and Christians hiding were also identified and killed.
The statement continued, “Strict Sharia Law has been promulgated, as observed by a woman who luckily escaped from the dead zone. The situation as it is now has really and truly gone out of control. People are finding it really hard, citizens are being killed in their numbers.
With groups such as Boko Haram and ISIS terrorizing civilians, those in North African and Middle Eastern countries seem to be less safe with each passing day.