Boko Haram: 15 Political Cartoons on the Militant Islamists of Nigeria

Listers, the radical Islamists of Boko Haram have terrorized, murdered, and burned their way through Nigeria. The name Boko Haram translates as Western Education is Forbidden. The Islamist militants have “killed more than 5,000 civilians between July 2009 and June 2014, including at least 2,000 in the first half of 2014, in attacks occurring mainly in northeast, north-central and central Nigeria.”1 The group gained global infamy in April 2014 by kidnapping 276 girls from Chibok, Borno.2 In early 2015 – shortly after the 12-person Charlie Hebdo massacre in France – Boko Haram burned down an entire town and slaughtered its estimated 2000 citizens.3 Shortly after what became known as the Baga Massacre, SPL released a graphic asking for the intercession of Our Lady of Africa:

SPL Our Lady of Africa

While the Baga Massacre occurred through January 3rd to the 7th in 2015, the Charlie Hebdo Shooting took place on January 7th. According to reports, the French Islamists “fired up to 50 shots while shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (Arabic for ‘God is [the] greatest’) and killed 11 people there and then a police officer in the street. They killed a French National Police officer shortly after, and 11 others were injured during the attacks. Five others died and another 11 were wounded in related shootings that followed in the Île-de-France region.”4 Unfortunately, the execution of the twelve French cartoonist overshadowed the Baga Massacre and received the lion’s share of the global media attention. In an attempt to gain awareness, the Vatican, African bishops, and other Catholic groups published articles and graphics focused on the Nigerian victims (along with mourning the Charlie Hebdo victims). One notable graphic was published by Catholic Memes, which uses the style of the Je Suis Charlie graphic to raise awareness for the Nigerian victims:

Je Suis Nigerian

The Charlie Hebdo Shooting and the Bega Massacre started 2015 in a gruesome manner. With countless Catholics and others murdered, homes razed, and parishes destroyed, the people of Nigeria and the surrounding states continue to suffer under Boko Haram. To exemplify the dire situation, in Feburary 2014 a governor of a Nigerian state opined: “Boko Haram are better armed and are better motivated than our own troops. Given the present state of affairs, it is absolutely impossible for us to defeat Boko Haram.”5 Our Lady of Africa, pray for us and the Muslims.

Political Cartoons on Boko Haram


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  1. Source – See Boko Haram. []
  2. Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping. []
  3. 2015 Baga Massacre. []
  4. Charlie Hebdo Attack. []
  5. Governor’s Statement. []

12 Political Cartoons Featuring Pope Francis

12 selected political cartoons featuring Pope Francis.

Memes and More


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a new shepherd sends a signal on environmental protection

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Catholics, Obama, and the HHS Mandate: 16 Political Cartoons of 2012

Despite the enormous amount of protests and the arduous work of many Catholics and Catholic media companies to spread awareness about the HHS Mandate, President Obama still stands strong in the polls less than 40 days out from the election.

Listers despite the enormous amount of protests and the arduous work of many Catholics and Catholic media companies to spread awareness about the HHS Mandate, President Obama still stands strong in the polls less than 40 days out from the election. The following collection is taken from various sources and composes only a fraction of the material available. Additionally, SPL has provided our introductory paragraph to our gallery of graphics addressing Holy Mother Church and the HHS Mandate.

Listers, the HHS mandate has jolted the soporific Catholic Church in America into action. We are at war. We are in a multi-front conflict that cannot be reduced to violations of religious liberty. The Church is calling the faithful to stand against the scourge of abortion, the unnatural and artificial recreation of marriage and family, and the inalienable right for Catholics to worship God in the mass and serve him in the poor according to the truth of the Gospels. As our world abandons God and natural law for the dictatorship of relativism, Holy Mother Church is calling us to defend the faith and to promote that which is natural and rational in man.

The following political cartoons are from the last year and pertain to the HHS Mandate and their contingent subjects. Please feel free to share these images and submit any that we missed.




















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