Tiny kingdom in Nigeria celebrates as threat from Boko Haram fades

The celebrations that greeted the king were the first of their kind in nearly a decade. For much of that time the people of Sukur, a little-known, Unesco-listed kingdom 3,000 feet up in the highlands of northeast Nigeria, lived in fear. Their unique culture, with its own language, calendar and distinctive dry stone walls, was under threat from Boko Haram, the Islamist group that has terrorised the region since 2009. In 2014 militants climbed the steep track to the settlement, razing houses and burning crops. People scattered, abandoning the terraced

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