Being kidnapped has to be one of the most terrifying things to ever happen to someone. A lot goes on, and it usually doesn’t have a happy ending to it in most cases. However, in the case of the Nigerian students who were kidnapped by the Boko Haram their story end devastatingly beautiful.
The New York Times decided to photograph and write a story on the victims who were freed after being kidnapped back in 2014. According to The Times as soon as the girls were freed, they were sent to Abuja where they were questioned. The girls were held against their will for months and were only allowed to communicate to their parents via phone call. According to the Washington Post, those who were kidnapped by the Boko Haram were neglected by their community because people felt they could be a possible threat.
The Times profile’s objective is to spread awareness and document the victims' lives after such a tragedy. The women chosen for this editorial are currently staying at the American University of Nigeria under heavy surveillance. While there are still hundreds of women who have not been recused yet, there’s still a handful of women who’ve been released but choose to remain silent which is understandable.
If you’d like to check out the editorial, you can check it out here.