For the past four years, the Islamist Boko Haram militia has been known to target schools, burning them down at night in its fight to install sharia law in Nigeria’s mostly Muslim north. Now, the group is escalating its campaign to cripple the education system. Militants raid schools in broad daylight, killing teachers and students. They kidnap professors and order schools to shut down.
May 21, 2013 A young girl selling peanuts passes male students at Sanda Kyarimi Government Day Secondary School in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Several Boko Haram gunmen recently entered the school and shot a teacher in front of his office, witnesses said, and then began firing randomly at students fleeing for cover. Four were seriously injured and later died. Jane Hahn/For The Washington Post Buy Photo