On 14 April 2014, 276 school girls aged between 16 and 18 were kidnapped from a school in Chibok, Northern Nigeria – prompting a global social media campaign which gained so much traction that now, over 100 of the missing girls have been found and freed by forces acting under the Nigerian Government. Since escaping their captivity at the hands of Boko Haram – a prominent terror group in a number of East-African countries – the girl have been living in protected government safe houses where now, for the very first time, cameras are allowed behind the scenes to tell the stories of the girls who can’t tell their own.
In this 60 minute documentary, BBC camera crews visit the recovered Chibok girls in Abuja as they attempt to adapt and reintegrate themselves back into society, hoping to regain some semblance of normality to their lives. Victims of Boko Haram aren’t usually so lucky, however, and we visit Maidugari to meet the “forgotten girls” – generations of women who’s abhorrent experiences range from being coerced into acts of terror and the physical abuse and exploitation they’ve endured at the hands of their captors to their abandonment by the Nigerian state. With few of these “forgotten girls” afforded the protections and luxuries of the massively publicised Chibok girls, many are left to live in squalor and poverty often finding home to be in the slums or refugee camps. Nigeria’s Stolen Daughters is a moving and terrifying insight into Nigeria’s brutal civil war and its repercussions.
Nigeria’s Stolen Daughters – Tuesday 9:00pm on BBC2.