Congress Presses U.S. Support to Fight Boko Haram

After a visit to Nigeria earlier this month. U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, Republican from New Jersey who chairs the House panel that oversees international human rights and Africa, appealed for increased U.S. support "to end the reign of terror that is being promoted by Boko Haram. On June 11, the Subcommittee heard testimony from Dr. J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, Emmanuel Ogebe from the Jubilee Campaign USA, Anslem John-Miller from the U.S., Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, and former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Robin Renee Sanders. A four-member Congressional delegation led by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Houston, is supporting a fund to compensate victims of Boko Haram attacks.

Rep. Chris Smith (Republican-New Jersey) at Abuja's Unity Fountain, scene of #BringBackOurGirls protests.

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