Monday, July 3, 2017

How Four Boy Soldiers Survived Boko Haram

Nigeria's Stolen Generation
Sarah Topol and Glenna Gordon
Boko Haram is famous for the 2014 mass kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls. Less publicized has been the group’s kidnapping of 10,000 boys over the last decade. Earlier this year, grantee Sarah Topol spoke with 25 children across Nigeria’s Borno State about their abduction. "The stories they told me about rituals like infant slaughter and bathing your hands in blood have not been previously reported as part of life under Boko Haram. But their stories were consistent, and rumors of such acts have circulated around northeast Nigeria." Her report, the cover story of this week’s New York Times Magazine, with photos by grantee Glenna Gordon, is a horrifying account of four boys and their descent into a man-made hell.
 
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