A file picture of a screengrab taken on Oct. 2, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau gesturing as he delivers a speech. AFP PHOTO / HO / BOKO HARAM
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Before joining the program, launched last year, Sani divided his time between attending Quranic school and begging for alms on the streets of Yola.He is one of northern Nigeria's "almajiri," young boys who are seen as vulnerable to recruitment by Boko Haram militants, whose six-year insurgency in northern Nigeria has killed thousands and displaced more than 2 million people.The "Feed and Read" program is careful not to interfere in any way with the children's religion or study of the Quran.One of the aims of the program is to encourage people to stop referring to the boys as almajiri, a word that tends to have negative connotations.At first Ensign provided funds for "Feed and Read" from her own pocket, but as the program has expanded, the university has begun appealing to international donors through the AUN Foundation, a nonprofit based in the United States.Recently, the university received funding from the Irish government, with which it launched a "Feed and Read" program for girls in February 2016 .
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