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Northern Nigeria

Ed Kashi | Nigeria

Organization: VII Photo Agency

Janet Elisha Daniang, 15, is photographed in her home in Kaduna, Nigeria on April 4, 2013. Daniang bears the scars of the St. Rita Catholic church bombing that took place on October 28, 2012 in Kaduna, where 4 people died and 192 were injured.

On assignment for National Geographic, Ed Kashi traveled to Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and one of the world’s most important oil producers, where 50 percent of the population lives in poverty. In the north, where the situation is particularly dire, more than 70 percent of the population is in poverty. The country is evenly split between a primarily Muslim north and a Christian south; though most people live in harmony, in 2009 a murky Islamic insurgent group, Boko Haram—which translates as “Western Religion is Sacrilegious”—has become increasingly radical and violent, targeting Nigerian security forces and churches. As tensions flair, a looming potential for civil war threatens to engulf the country and tear Nigeria apart—which would create a disastrous outcome for all of Africa.

To complete this ongoing story, photographer Ed Kashi intends to make additional trips to the northeast region of Nigeria to explore how religious strife, economic disparity, ethnic tensions, and a fight for resources are converging into a growing crisis in the country.

Ed Kashi/VII

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