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In Nigeria, child beggars are easy recruits for Boko Haram extremists
In Nigeria, child beggars are easy recruits for Boko Haram extremists

They scurry between vehicles in the traffic-choked cities of northern Nigeria, small boys in tattered clothing armed with begging tins. Known as the almajiri, the youngsters, some no older than 5, have flooded the streets for the nearly 15 years since a tsunami of cheap Chinese imports and a dysfunctional electrical system began destroying the region's once-thriving textile manufacturing industry. Many more children have streamed in from rural areas since similar collapses of the fishing and agriculture sectors left their parents unable to feed them. Here, the youngsters' only schooling comes from threadbare clerics for whom they recite the Koran a few hours a day. And then...

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