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Cameroon soldiers stand guard at a lookout post as they take part in operations against Boko Haram near Fotokol, Cameroon, Feb. 25, 2015 (AP photo by Edwin Kindzeka Moki).

Why a Light-Hearted Text Message Led to a Terrorism Conviction in Cameroon

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The text message read as follows: “Boko Haram recruits young people from 14 years old and above. Conditions for recruitment: 4 subjects at GCE, including religion.”

Sent among university students in the central African nation of Cameroon, it was intended as a satirical commentary on the difficult job market they faced: Competition is so fierce, even a notoriously brutal Islamist militant group will demand to see your test scores—“4 subjects at GCE”—before hiring you. ...

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