The Chibok girls were abducted in a state the size of Ireland that has 30,000 schools. Those basic logistics are not so easy to surmount.
Nigeria has the third largest internally displaced population in the world. Now comes Boko Haram. Neither the government nor international organizations have systematically assessed the situation.
This week's round-up of Good Reads includes a look at the family realities of deportation, how discrimination kept black children from access to swim lessons, the stories of female construction workers, the pursuit of education amid chaos in Nigeria, and how climate change is affecting puffins.
Despite Nigeria's renewed military effort and international help, Boko Haram seems to be growing in strength and beginning to administer territory de facto in Nigeria.
The insurgency is driving people out of the north. But Boko Haram has never formally occupied cities and held swaths of territory. To create an enclave would require a whole new approach.
Is the militant group a self-styled Islamic insurgency, or part of a protracted civil war? The answer to that question matters.
New analysis suggests the shadowy insurgency benefited from the 2013 war in Mali, that its leader 'Abubakar Shekau' may be both a single person and the name for a collective leadership, and that the group's ability to destabilize remains strong.
A negotiated swap for the girls makes so much sense.
US efforts on the 300 girls is small and may not help. But it is large enough to start 'mission creep' and get America blamed for a war on Islam. Nigeria claims now to have found the girls.
President Jonathan now calls Boko Haram the 'new frontier' of terror. Yet in doing so he ignores the old and ongoing excesses of his own security forces.
Tuesday's car bombings devastated a market in Jos, Nigeria, where Christians and Muslims have clashed in the past. Boko Haram recently abducted hundreds of schoolgirls.
What started as an elite university student talking shop in the late 1990s has evolved today into a disparate group of radicals, bank robbers and disaffected.
In Maiduguri, extreme poverty, corruption, and ruthless local soldiers helped shape extremist insurgency.
Ending insurgencies is hard, as are needle-in-a-haystack manhunts in lawless areas where distrust of the government and foreigners runs high.