The state of violence in Nigeria has received increased international attention recently, following the kidnapping of schoolgirls by the Boko Haram insurgent group. But neither this group, nor the occurrence of violent incidents in the largest African country by population, are new. This seminar proposes to look closer at the evolution of violence over the last decade.
How can we understand the dynamics of violence in Nigeria? What are the
trends: does it increase or decrease? What kind of humanitarian mission
is it to account for the dead, and what responsibilities follow? What
are the challenges related to the tracing and
mapping of violent deaths?
These are some of the questions we will address, with
Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos, Professor at the French Institute of
Geopolitics and a PRIO Global Fellow. He will talk about the dynamics of
violence in Nigeria and his project Nigeria
, created in 2006 to monitor violence to compensate for the lack of
reliable data on excess mortality in hazardous environments. In a
developing country where there are few criminal statistics, it
crosschecks various sources of information to give trends
of violence. The indicators rely on a database which quantifies and
qualifies homicides and violent deaths, including accidents. Nigeria
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