Stolen Girls by Wolfgang Bauer
Survivors of Boko Haram Tell Their Story

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Bauer intersperses the transcriptions of the victims with a history of Boko Haram and an interpretation of their dystopian beliefs. These notes are helpful and round out the almost too painful to read testimony of the women.
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One night in April 2014, members of the terrorist organization Boko Haram raided the small town of Chibok in northeast Nigeria and abducted 276 young girls from the local boarding school. The event caused massive, international outrage. Using the hashtag “Bring Back Our Girls,” politicians, activists, and celebrities from all around the world—among them First Lady Michelle Obama and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai—protested.

Some of the girls were able to escape and award-winning journalist Wolfgang Bauer spent several weeks with them as they recounted their ordeal. In Stolen Girls, he gives voice to these girls, allowing them to speak for themselves—about their lives before the abduction, about the horrors during their captivity, and their dreams of a better future. Bauer’s reportage is complemented by over a dozen stunning portraits by award-winning photographer Andy Spyra.

Bauer also examines the historical and political background of the Islamist terror in the heart of Africa, showing how Boko Haram works and describing the damage it has done to the fragile balance of ethnicities and cultures in one of the world’s most diverse regions. His book tells a story of violence, fear, and uncertainty; it is also a story of hope, strength, and courage.
 

About Wolfgang Bauer

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Wolfgang Bauer works for the leading weekly German newspaper Die Zeit. For his reportage he won the Katholischer Medienpreis (Catholic Media Prize) and the Prix Bayeux-Calvados des Correspondants de Guerre. He lives in Berlin.
 
Published April 11, 2017 by The New Press. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Feb 02 2017

His prose is clipped and precise, with no excess ornamentation, an appropriately somber tone to a tragically somber situation. Not a pleasant read but a vitally important one.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Janet Levine on Jun 21 2017

Bauer intersperses the transcriptions of the victims with a history of Boko Haram and an interpretation of their dystopian beliefs. These notes are helpful and round out the almost too painful to read testimony of the women.

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