Stolen Daughters

On 14th April 2014, 276 school girls aged between 16 and 18 were kidnapped from a school in Chibok, northern Nigeria. They were taken by Boko Haram, a violent Islamic insurgent movement, and hidden in the vast Sambisa forest.

Following a global social media campaign around the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, featuring global celebrities and Michelle Obama, huge pressure was brought to bear on the Nigerian Government to get the girls back. Four years later more than 100 of the girls have been freed - they have been kept in a secret safe house in the capital Abuja.

For the first time TV cameras have been granted access to the girls and in this powerful 60-minute documentary we follow them as they adapt to life after their traumatic imprisonment at the hands of Boko Haram. We witness reunions with family members they have not seen since they day they went missing and the process of coming to terms with what has happened to them.

Project Details

  • Client: HBO / BBC
  • Director: Karen Edwards
  • Producer: Sasha Joelle Achilli
  • Year: 2018

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