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

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

Helon Habila / Sep 21, 2019

The Chibok Girls The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist Militancy in Nigeria On April 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 Nigeria

  • Title: The Chibok Girls: The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist Militancy in Nigeria
  • Author: Helon Habila
  • ISBN: 9780997126464
  • Page: 388
  • Format: 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 thOn 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.

    Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping Newspaper reports suggested that Boko Haram was hoping to use the girls as negotiating pawns in exchange for some of their commanders in jail In May , one of the missing girls, Amina Ali, was found She claimed that the The Chibok Girls Survivors of kidnapping by Boko Haram The Chibok girls are all covered, chanting verses from the Quran They were facing a life of misery with beatings and starvation But now at the New Foundation School on the campus of the American The Chibok Girls The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist The Chibok Girls The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist Militancy in Nigeria . Rating details Ratings Reviews On April , , girls from the Chibok Secondary School in northern Nigeria were kidnapped by Boko Haram, the world s deadliest The Chibok Girls The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist Militancy in Nigeria On April , 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 fate of the Chibok girls BBC News Churchgoers in Mbalala give thanks for the release of the girls Yakubu Nkeki is the chairman of Chibok Parents Association and one of the few invited to Abuja to see the freed girls and verify their identities He brought photographs to show to families after the service, but first he addressed the congregation. Remember the Chibok Girls TSDMemphis By Congresswoman Frederica S Wilson D Fla Three years ago, Boko Haram terrorists burst into dormitory rooms at the Government Secondary School in the northern Nigerian town of Chibok and kidnapped nearly girls simply because they dared to get an education. The Chibok Girls by Helon Habila review a portrait of The Chibok Girls by Helon Habila review a portrait of resilience I n this brief yet powerful book, novelist Helon Habila returns to Nigeria, the country of his birth, to explore the kidnapping in April of Columbia Global Reports The Chibok Girls by Helon Habila Columbia University On the night of April , , girls from the Chibok Secondary School in northern Nigeria were kidnapped by the deadly terrorist group Boko Haram Fifty seven of them escaped over the next few months, but most were never heard from again. Nigeria Chibok abductions What we know BBC News May , But Chibok had not been attacked before, so it was felt safe to use the school for the important final year exams Many of the pupils were Christians The gunmen arrived in the town late at night in a blaze of gunfire and headed for the school where they raided the dormitories and loaded girls on to lorries. Chibok girls released CNN Eighty two Chibok schoolgirls have been released after negotiations between the terrorist group Boko Haram and the Nigerian government, the President s office said.

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      • Helon Habila

        Helon Habila was born in Nigeria in 1967 He studied literature at the University of Jos and taught at the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, before moving to Lagos to work as a journalist In Lagos he wrote his first novel, Waiting for an Angel, which won the Caine Prize in 2001 Waiting for an Angel has been translated into many languages including Dutch, Italian, Swedish, and French In 2002 he moved to England to become the African Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia After his fellowship he enrolled for a PhD in Creative Writing His writing has won many prizes including the Commonwealth Writers Prize, 2003 In 2005 2006 he was the first Chinua Achebe Fellow at Bard College in New York He is a contributing editor to the Virginia Quarterly Review, and in 2006 he co edited the British Council s anthology, New Writing 14 His second novel, Measuring Time, was published in February, 2007 He currently teaches Creative Writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he lives with his wife and children.


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    1. This was exactly what I wanted. It gives background about the Chibok kidnappings and Boko Haram in a personal up-close way that only journalist writer Helon Habila can. I find almost all reports and news stories about the Chibok girls to be sterile and inconsistent, and the interviews with those involved seem to drip with fear. This is the first time I've really felt like I was getting some truth. Helon travelled to these places and met personally with people and he discusses his journey there a [...]


    2. Chibok is a poor and neglected town in Nigeria, where much of the population work in agriculture and life was fairly uneventful in this obscure corner of the country, until an event which brought it to the world’s notice. On the 14th April, 2014, members of Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls. Less than fifty managed to jump off the vehicles which they were loaded into. Only one other girl has been rescued. The rest, tragically, are still missing.Author , Helon Habila, travelled to Chibok; a [...]


    3. Helon Habila trained as a journalist in Nigeria where he grew up. He is now a celebrated prize-winning novelist residing in Virginia, where he teaches. He’d read the stories of the April 2014 Boko Haram kidnappings of schoolgirls from Chibok and thought that perhaps there were some clues missing. How had this happened and why haven’t the girls been found?Searching for clues in country, it must be said, sounds terrifying and risky. Boko Haram as an organization has the madness of a wounded an [...]


    4. In 2014 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram. In his short 128 page book, Nigerian born Helon Habila writes about the kidnappings plus Islamist militancy, politics, religion and the culture of life in northern Nigeria.I found this book quite a shock and it has the same awakening effect on me as an episode of Unreported World, a current affairs documentary series on Channel 4 television at home in the UK. channel4/programmes/unHelon Habila takes the reader o [...]


    5. The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist Militancy in NigeriaOn 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 acc [...]


    6. Does a pretty good job explaining key facts about the fight of Nigeria against Boko Haram and how the country and its people are affected by it. Personal reports, interviews and links to other sources of material regarding the issue. Some reports are pretty bleak, like the father who lost his mind and wandered alone in the forest after his daughter. Received this book from NetGalley, so thanks to them too.


    7. Other than through the media, I did not know much about the story of the Boko Haram kidnapping of over 250 girls in Chibook, Nigeria. I had hopes that this book would help with some of the details, but was left wanting morea LOT more.The author shares his own journey to Chibook, which is informative- the scary checkpoints, the kids carrying weapons and wearing fatigues, the bumpy truck rides. He finds a few people to interview that were present the night of the kidnapping, but doesn't go in to d [...]


    8. I am torn as to how to review this book and what rating to give it. The reason for this is that the title; THE CHIBOK GIRLS is misleading. Why do I think it is misleading? Well, if you read the official description you are lead to believe that author Helon Habila has uncovered new information about the kidnapped girls and has maybe even met with some of them therefore providing readers with new information that no one else has been able to uncover. At least, that is what I believed when I began [...]


    9. Do you remember the hashtag #bringbackourgirls? It made quite a storm on social media shortly after the 267 girls from the Chibok Secondary School in Nigeria were kidnapped by terrorists from the Boko Haram group in Nigeria. However, the time passed, the fate of the girls is still unknown, but the social media and the world in general got busy with more terror and kidnappings acts taking place all over the world. Helon Habila is going to his native Nigeria, to Chibok, revealing the fine or deep [...]


    10. Considering the author travelled to Chibok to research this book; and considering he talked to kidnapped girls and their families you'd think the final results would have produced something a little heartier.I learned nothing in reading this that an hour on WikiPedia wouldn't have taught me.Which is too bad. Because the author is really good and reading it nice. It just lacked substance. I just can't justify paying the jacket price of $18.95 to learn nothing of value about the missing girls that [...]


    11. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher via netgalley.A soul wrenching account of the disappearance of the Chibok girls, stolen from their school dorm. This book looks into the effect on the survivors, families affected and the community as well as the events that led to this tragedy.


    12. 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.Received for review



    13. The 2014 abduction of 276 secondary school girls from the Government College, Chibok by the Boko Haram sect remains a sore subject for many Nigerians. It has inspired hundreds of articles, documentaries, music etc; sparked a political revolution, brought attention to lackadaisical attitude of our federal government and the corruption that is literally threatening to destroy us.The situation is made even more pathetic by the fact that the bulk of these children are yet to be found 2 years later.I [...]


    14. Written as a first-person journalistic essay, Habila provides an overview of the rise of Boko Haram and the circumstances of the schoolgirl kidnappings. Habila travels extensively through Nigeria, reporting on towns and villages that are both situated outside the influence of Boko Haram, and those that are regularly threatened by its tactics. It should be noted that Habila is not attempting to "solve" the fate of the schoolgirls (though he does tell the story of a few who managed to escape) or p [...]


    15. Considering that the author traveled to Chibok Adamawa State to research this book in order to talk to the families of the kidnapped girls, you would think that he would have gotten a lot of interesting information. The final result should have produced something meatier.I learned nothing from reading this book that an hour on wouldn't have taught me.I used to study in GSS Madagali, which is about 146km away from Chibok. I know exactly where the school is I even have a couple of girlfriends the [...]


    16. Since I've read Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer, I have developed a keen interest in non-fiction books on world's major conflict zones. I expected The Chibok Girls to be a detailed documentary of the Boko Haram crisis, but the book is actually a very short narrative about the kidnapping of the Chibok girls along with brief descriptions about the current social and political situation as well as an equally brief introduction to the core problem. While it is indeed a well-written account, if you w [...]


    17. A story that needed to be toldFor people that are familiar with the incidents surrounding the boko haram insurgents, this account provides a chronological outline. For sceptics that continue to propagate that this story is a made up. Habila dispels their arguments with details from interviews with victims and escapees. If you are unfamiliar with this shocking and disheartening storywell here is a piece of truth for you to chew on. Either way the lives of all 219 girls will never be the same and [...]


    18. This book was a really informative, although short, history of the Boko Haram and how they came to be in Nigeria. It was really less about the kidnapping than a history of the rise of militant Islam in the region, but it was informative. It seemed to be a fairly written piece, discussing how a few zealouts really turned their back on Islamic teachings and why they were able to influence so many followers. A good place to start if you want to learn more about the region, I think. I was given this [...]


    19. A very well-written book, detailing the background to the Chibok kidnappings and Boko Haram. While there is little new detail for longtime watchers of Nigeria, it is still a very good read - much more balanced and appreciative of the local context than a lot of other material out there. The writing, as might be expected from Helton Habila, is excellent.


    20. Really interesting read, and should be compulsory reading. At 100 pages it will only take you an hour. It's less about the Chibok Girls as individual people and more a crash course on the history of Nigeria and the rise of fundamentalist Islam (which one Muslim in the book says is not Islam). Made me want to read more about Nigeria/African history.


    21. Maybe it's because this is really an extended news story (with more context and with a first-personal angle), but it felt lacking in a personal element. I certainly learned more about Boko Haram's origins and how their violence has disrupted life in parts of Nigeria, but I wanted a little more -- about the girls, about anything that's being done to rescue the remaining captives, etc.


    22. Disappointing. As others have mentioned, I had high hopes for this book, but I was left feeling that I could have simply read a few past articles in the New York Times and learned more. This author risked his life to travel to such dangerous territory but returned with a book that doesn't seem worth his efforts.


    23. This is one of those fascinating must read book about the chibok Girls who were kidnapped by Boko Harem a splinter group responsible for killing and kidnapping girls from christian School, later on to sell them to other groups or marry them off.


    24. My knowledge of the political situation in Nigeria -- and how it led to the kidnapping of almost 300 girls was pretty limited. This book filled in the gaps for me. It is sad how little has been done to get these girls back. I can't imagine what it has been like for those families.


    25. I have far more understanding now of the religious complexities in Nigeria and what actually happened to the Chibok girls than I've ever gleaned from articles on the internet. I would definitely recommend this book.



    26. Short and revealing read on the situation in northeastern Nigeria, giving an idea of life in towns like Chinook and of how Book Haram could grow into what it has become.


    27. A very quick read and a good glimpse into a story we've mostly heard just over the news. i would have been keen to have even more detail, but I wasn't disappointed by this brief coverage.


    28. This provided background on the Boko Haram, but not quite the in dept personal account I would have expected considering Habila travelled to meet the families and victims. Actual rating 3.5


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