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The Chibok Girls by Helon Habila
Saturday 1 July, British Library, London
Habila investigates the ascent of Boko Haram in Nigeria, and uncovers the stories of survivors and bereaved in northern Nigeria.
On 14th April 2014, 276 girls disappeared from a secondary school in northern Nigeria, kidnapped by the world’s deadliest terror group. A tiny number have escaped back to their families but almost 200 remain missing. Reporting from inside the traumatised and blockaded community of Chibok, Helon Habila tracks down the survivors and the bereaved. Two years after the attack, he bears witness to their stories and to their grief. And moving from the personal to the political, he presents a comprehensive indictment of Boko Haram, tracing the circumstances of their ascent and the terrible fallout of their ongoing presence in Nigeria.
Here, Helon is in conversation with Funmi Iyanda.