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HBO's Upcoming Documentary Following the Rescued Chibok Girls To Premiere This Fall

"Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram" presents the traumatizing stories of the Nigerian school-girls who were kidnapped by the extremist insurgent group.

In the town of Chibok, Nigeria, on the night of April 14, 2014, 276 girls were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School of Nigeria by Boko Haram—a violent, extremist Islamic insurgent movement, hidden in the Sambisa forest. It has been about a year now since the group of 82 Nigerian girls have been released, adding to the previous number of young women who have been released, rescued or successful in their escape.

This fall, HBO Documentary Films has partnered with BBC2 and ARTE France to present the stories of these young women.

Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram, directed by Karen Edwards (Dispatches) and Gemma Atwal (Marathon Boy), will reveal the trials these young women face beyond captivity. It bares the scars of these young Nigerian women and their difficulty adapting to their newly found freedom.


The documentary will show the girl's rehabilitation through secret government safe houses in Abuja. It explores the emergence of their label as "The Chibok Girls," children who aren't allowed to live outside of their protected environment with limited access to the outside world.

Stolen Daughters will also explore the fate of the "Forgotten Girls," the thousands of women and young girls who remain tucked away in the slums and refugee camps in the city of Maiduguri who have and are constantly being attacked by Boko Haram before the school-girl attack that sparked the social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls, helmed by leaders and influencers like Michelle Obama.

Although this documentary is focused on the story of the young women who have become the target of the terrorizing tactics of the Boko Haram, it's documentation of how the Nigerian Government has been handling these attacks will also hopefully explore the ongoing injustices against the women and communities of Nigeria, and their resilience at the same time.

Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram comes to us this fall.

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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