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The Nigerian Schoolgirls Eight Years Later

The Nigerian Schoolgirls Eight Years Later

According to Joe Parkinson and Drew Hinshaw, the story of the kidnapped Christian Chibok school girls holds a surprising but important lesson for Africa’s most populous nation:

“At times it could be easy [to] adopt the facile hope that Nigeria’s problems might be resolved by gradually secularizing its more than 210 million people. Yet we found a different perspective in a group of young women who had faced unimaginable hardship and survived. Their faith provided twin anchors of identity and hope during a period when their captors were trying to erase both.… [it] became the language of their resistance.”