Nigeria: March 12, 2005


Violence in universities is getting out of hand, with at least ten students killed in the last few days. Student social groups, that began forming in the 1960s, have since turned into quasi-religious cults and paramilitary organizations. The groups are now called cults, and are formed around students from the larger tribes. The cults mix ethnic and religious ceremonies to form strong bonds among members. But rival cults often get involved in bloody feuds with each other. This violence insures that ethnic and regional differences are carried over to another generation.


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