Review: Vivien Horler
Bring Back Our Girls – The astonishing survival and rescue of Nigeria’s missing schoolgirls, by Joe Parkinson & Drew Hinshaw (Swift)
On March 2 this year the New York Times reported: “Hundreds of girls who were abducted last week from their boarding school in Nigeria by a group of armed men have been released…”
In a piece about the same event, the BBC reported: “Such kidnappings are carried out for ransom and are common in the north of the country.”
These kidnappings might be common now, and get only the briefest of mentions in international news stories, but the kidnapping carried out by Boko Haram on girls from the Chibok Government Secondary School for Girls on April 14, 2014 became not just a major news event but a movement.
Two weeks later American influencer Russell Simmons read of the kidnapping and tweeted: “234 Nigerian girls have gone missing and no one is talking about it… Please RT! #BringBackOurGirls.” In fact it was 276 girls, but that wasn’t the point…