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The Chibok Girls: The Boko Haram Kidnappings…

The Chibok Girls: The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist Militancy in…

by Helon Habila

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A powerful look inside a horrible event, the aftermath, and what led up to it. Reading this feels like you are watching the gut-wrenching events unfold in front of you. It's information that the news never covered, and a story that needs to be told.

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  LilyRoseShadowlyn | Dec 28, 2016 |
Religious and personal freedom only counts if you believe and outwardly support what the terrorists believe in Northern Nigeria. The author recounts the kidnapping and aftermath of 276 girls from a secondary school and the environment that supported such actions. This brief story reads like a long magazine article with a quick look at the people, governments, religious sects, and politics involved in the incident. ( )
  bemislibrary | Dec 3, 2016 |
a short book (around 100 pages) which is well worth your time if you wondered if there was more to the story than the Twitter campaign #bringbackourgirls
Habila's now a novelist and academic but here he writes as a journalist, drawing on his own experience of growing up in the supposedly 'muslim' north (there is a Christian minority, and a lengthy history of people tolerating those of another religion). The specific experiences of the girls at the school in Chibok are put in the context of Nigerian recent political history (where religious violence is a useful distraction from stare corruption) and of the growth of Boko Haram. At the end his is able to interview three girls who escaped, reflecting on the banality of their remembered experience, despite the continued loss of most of those captured, and the even large problem of those displaced from their homes by the violence and insecurely housed around the Nigeria/Chad border.
Recommended. ( )
  charl08 | Nov 22, 2016 |
The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist Militancy in Nigeria

On 15 April 2014, 267 girls from the Chibok Secondary School in Northern Nigeria were kidnapped by Boko Haram, Mr. Habila shares with us the personal stories of some of the girls who managed to free themselves. “The Chibok Girls” is poignant portraits of everyday Nigerians whose lives have been transformed by extremist forces.

In his chronicle, Nigerian born poet and novelist Helon Habila has written with sensibility an eloquent account and has illuminated us with the long history of colonialism and cultural and religious differences that eventually lead to conflicts that is ravaging the country. 128 pages of the most devastating experience to both Christians and Muslims: Boko Haram.

It took Mr. Habila months of research, travelling in the northeast part of the country, interviewing many people, observing conditions in camps and talking to displace persons adding his experiences as a born Nigerian and interpreting the material in order to somehow be able to articulate to his satisfaction the fears and concerns of the victims of this insurgency and trying to personify the victims beyond mere statistic and transmit his thoughts to us in a simple and comprehensive manner. He did a fabulous job with this heartbreaking story. Even with its small size “The Chibok Girls” contains a wealth of information.

I received an advance copy from Columbia Global Reports via “NetGalley” for an honest and unbiased review. ( )
  Tigerpaw70 | Nov 6, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0997126469, Paperback)

On April 14, 2014, 276 girls from the Chibok Secondary School in northern Nigeria were kidnapped by Boko Haram, the world's deadliest terrorist group. Most were never heard from again. Acclaimed Nigerian 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 this tragedy that stunned the world. With compassion and deep understanding of 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 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.

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