An Analysis of the Nomadic Fulani Herdsmen’s Violent Attacks in Southeastern Nigeria, and Their Effects on Adolescents

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Anthony S. Anih, Kaj Björkqvist
Publication year: 2018
Journal: Pyrex Journal of African Studies and Development
Volume number: 4
Issue number: 1
Start page: 1
End page: 8
eISSN: 2985-8763


Abstract

The aim of the study was to analyze the negative effects of the violent
attacks by the nomadic Fulani herdsmen in Southeastern Nigeria, with a
focus on adolescents living in the region. Data were collected with a
questionnaire administered to secondary schools. Two-hundred and fifty
adolescents (170 girls, 80 boys; 15–17 years of age) completed a
questionnaire pertaining of both single items and seven scales measuring
PTSD, physical punishment, domestic violence, parental negativity,
anti-social behavior, poverty and war experiences. Girls scored
significantly higher than boys on symptoms of PTSD. Of the 250
adolescents, 20.8% had lost someone close to them during the war, and
8.4% had themselves been injured. Nine percent had themselves injured
someone during the war, and 5.2% had actually killed someone during the
war. Three (1.8%) had been raped by an armed group, and two (1.2%) had
been taken as a sex slave. The results indicate that the Fulani herdsmen
attacks had a strongly negative impact on the adolescents which are
likely to affect them throughout the rest of their lives.


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