The Chibok Girls

The Chibok Girls

The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamic Militancy in Nigeria

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"Acclaimed novelist Helon Habila, who grew up in northern Nigeria, returned to Chibok and gained intimate access to the families of the kidnapped to offer a devastating account of a tragedy that stunned the world. With compassion and a deep understanding of the historical context, Habila tells the stories of the girls and the anguish of their parents; chronicles the rise of Boko Haram and the Nigerian government's inept response; and captures the indifference of the media and the international community whose attention has long moved on. Employing a fiction writer's sensibility and a journalist's curiosity, The Chibok Girls provides poignant portraits of everyday Nigerians whose lives have been transformed by extremist forces. Habila illuminates the long history of colonialism--and unmasks cultural and religious dynamics--that gave rise to the conflicts that have ravaged the region to this day." -- Publisher's description
What ever happened to the 270 school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria in 2014? Acclaimed Nigerian writer, Helon Habila, returns to his native land to interview many of the escaped girls and their families to tell the full story of the kidnapping that stunned the world. Through their personal stories, Habila offers readers a better understanding of the religious wars that have ravaged his country, of which Boko Haram is just another phase in an endless battle between Christians and Muslims in northern Nigeria.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Columbia Global Reports,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780997126464
0997126469
Characteristics: 123 pages : map ; 19 cm

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