Portraits of Dignity, New York Times Photographs Boko Haram Escapees

ICC Note: The New York Times photographed some of the women who were able to escape from Boko Haram over the past few years. These photos are meant to show the dignity and grace of these young ladies. The women include some of the Chibok victims, as well as girls who were supposed to become suicide bombers, but resisted instead.

04/12/2018 Nigeria (New York Times) – For the past year, the photographer Adam Ferguson and I have met with hundreds of victims of Boko Haram.

Girls who were forced to have bombs strapped to them. People who were living along a highway after militants displaced them three or four times from their homes. University students who carried on while under threat from bombings.

But we’d never managed to talk to the group of students from Chibok, in Nigeria, who were released after a high-profile kidnapping in 2014 that inspired the social media hashtag #BringBackOurGirls and brought international attention to the group.

Kidnapped as Schoolgirls by Boko Haram: Here They Are Now

The New York Times met and photographed dozens of the students abducted by Boko Haram. Now at a university, they say they are the lucky ones. But their celebrity has a price.

We wanted to photograph the young women whose images the world knew mostly when they were teenagers, in dark robes with sad faces, from a video Boko Haram released about a month after they were kidnapped. Our hope was to portray them through a series of portraits in a dignified manner, as the young women they had become.


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