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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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A Tribute to Dr Sindi: South Africa's Duchess of Healing, Love and Kindness

The most sincere way to honour Dr Sindi van Zyl's legacy is to pay her kindness forward in exactly the way she did.

South Africans were recently reminded, yet again, of just how much the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to rob us of our loved ones. Dr Sindi van Zyl, beloved medical doctor, social media darling and Kaya FM radio host, succumbed to COVID-19 complications on April 10 after battling the disease for two months in hospital. And while South Africans, and some of her favourite brands, had collectively rallied to raise funds for Dr Sind's medical costs, the outcome was everything we hoped it would not be.

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