7:53 p.m. July 7, 2013

A scribble

FEEDBACK (braggin' on hubby):

From: EH Subject: Boko Haram- Maiduguri Date: July 6, 2013 9:04:02 PM PDT To: [email protected]

Hey all,

I'm hoping this message finds its way to Gary Brecher. I recently read his article entitled "Nigeria's Inevitable Mess," and I wanted to say thank you for it. I enjoyed the background information, and I was pleased to see that it was linked on Reddit so that many (including myself) could read the article and learn a bit about Boko Haram.

Boko Haram is not a new name for me. I was recently a Peace Corps volunteer in the Far North of Cameroon, very close to the Nigerian border (in a large town called Mokolo). Maiduguri is about 2 hours away from where I was living. I noticed that in the article it was called Maiguduri, but really, the d should come first- MaiDuGuri (pronounced "my do grrrr E") I've attached a picture of a millet sack from Maiduguri for reference. I appreciate that some Western media- small and mighty as it is- takes the time to report on what is going on in the North of Nigeria.

Obviously, Peace Corps pulled all of the volunteers from the region, and my most recent update on Mokolo news was that "baby Emily is walking, it is raining a lot, and everything is wonderful except I miss you and Boko Haram." When I asked "what's going on with Boko Haram?" all I got was "ca va, ca va!" (It's okay!)

But, the situation is not quite ca va, and I really appreciate that you are taking the time to get contextual information out there. Thank you for that.

Best, EH [imagine photo of millet sack here -- not sure how to attach pictures]