As the search for nearly 300 missing Nigerian schoolgirls languishes, neighboring Cameroon is helping gather intelligence that might lead to the girls' rescue.
But that can be complicated.
Near the Nigerian border, where Cameroon’s military was recently seeking information about the girls, villagers distrust their central government. Some support Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group that abducted the girls from their school last month, and others are terrified
A local expert told NBC News 20 people have been assassinated after speaking to authorities over the last year.
Such violence is not new in Cameroon — in its bid to create an Islamic state, Boko Haram has waged several attacks over the last five years.
On Friday, the group was suspected of attacking a Chinese work site in the north of the country. After a five-hour gunfight, authorities were investigating reports that at least one Cameroon soldier was killed and 10 people were abducted.
—Reuters contributed to this story.
First published May 18 2014, 4:36 PM
Stephanie Gosk was named NBC News correspondent in September 2006. Gosk is based in New York City and contributes to â€œNightly News with Brian Williams,â€ â€œTODAY,â€ and MSNBC.
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Until September of 2012, Gosk was based out of NBC Newsâ€™ London bureau where she covered the death of Osama Bin Laden from Pakistan and the Arab Spring from Libya and Egypt in 2011. Most recently, Gosk reported on the conflict in Gaza, Hurricane Sandy, and the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
Prior to joining NBC News, Gosk served as a London-based correspondent and producer for ABC News, since 2003. Gosk traveled to Iraq and contributed both live and taped reports while embedded with United States troops in Iraq. She also produced various news events including the death of Pope John Paul and Hurricane Katrina.
From 2001 to 2003, Gosk was a producer for ABC News based in Boston, MA. While there, Gosk traveled to Iraq and worked alone to shoot, produce and report pieces for â€œGood Morning Americaâ€ and â€œWorld News Tonightâ€ while embedded with the United States military. She also produced Boston-area coverage of the 9/11 attacks and the Boston Catholic priest scandal.
Gosk began her career as a desk assistant and off-air producer for ABC News in New York City. She field produced major breaking news stories including the 2000 election campaign.
Gosk earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Georgetown University. After college, Gosk traveled to the Dominican Republic as a Peace Corps volunteer.