20 October 2016
When over 200 young girls from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno state were kidnapped in the middle of the night by terrorists from the Boko Haram sect more than two years ago, the world was outraged.
Demands were made, petitions were raised and movements and campaigns were formed to get the Nigerian government to do something to secure the safe release of the girls.
Less than a week ago, twenty-one of those kidnapped girls were released from captivity and reunited with their families and loved ones.
Well-wishers the world over were pleased, the Nigerian Federal Government was praised, but at the thought that 197 of the Chibok girls are still yet to be brought back home, the joy fades.
Reports of negotiations for the release of 83 more girls are circulating, in addition to reports that there are more kidnapped individuals that also need rescuing and other rumours that not all the Chibok girls are still alive or with the sect in hiding.
In the light of all this, Nigerian writer and award-winning author, Helon Habila’s forthcoming book, ‘The Chibok Girls’, which will be released in November seem to be well-timed.
The book’s publishing company, Parresia Publishers, announced yesterday, October 18 that the official release of the book will take place on November 17 at the Ake Arts and Book Festival.
The book is Habila’s third novel, and it attempts to “offer the most complete and intimate account yet of this horrible tragedy that stunned the world.”
It is no doubt a story that needs to be told, both for the girls and for the entire world, and as hope rises that more of the girls will be released, it sets a good example for more stories and more accounts to be written as well.
Author: Aderonke Adeleke
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