Satellites images from Amnesty International were able to capture images of the destruction caused by the Boko Haram, in Nigeria.
The photos were able to capture the towns of Baga and Doron Baga before and after the Boko Haram invaded last week.
The before photo was taken on January 2, and depicts the towns which have growing vegetation, trees, and shrubs, along with local buildings and homes.
The after photo, taken on January 7, shows the destruction of the majority of these natural resources along with the devastation to the buildings. It has been reported that an estimated 3.700 homes and structures were demolished during the Boko Haram’s attack.
Families either fled from the towns as fast as they could by canoeing through Lake, otherwise they would have been slaughtered by this militant group as well. Daniel Eyre, Amnesty International’s Nigeria researcher, told The Independent that, “Residents have not been able to return to bury the dead, let alone count their number. But through these satellite images combined with graphic testimonies a picture of what is likely to be Boko Haram’s deadliest attack ever is becoming clearer.”
Nigerian officials reported that only 150 civilians were killed, but eyewitnesses disagree and stated that close to 2,000 were actually butchered.
The town remains in this condition, and may remain like this because the area is still too hostile to send troops or aid. Many are afraid of the Boko Haram attacking the site of the upcoming Presidential election, of Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, which is scheduled to take place February 14.
The Boko Haram allegedly inhabit 20,000 square miles of territory and the likeliness of another attack is to be expected by this threatening faction.
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