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What happens after you click tweet?. . . The heart-stopping and definitive account of the rescue mission to free hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls, and their heroic survival, after their 2014 kidnapping spurred a global social media campaign that prompted the intervention of seven militaries, showing us the blinding possibilities—for good and ill—of activism in our intercon What happens after you click tweet?. . . The heart-stopping and definitive account of the rescue mission to free hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls, and their heroic survival, after their 2014 kidnapping spurred a global social media campaign that prompted the intervention of seven militaries, showing us the blinding possibilities—for good and ill—of activism in our interconnected world.  In the spring of 2014, American celebrities and their Twitter followers unwittingly helped turn a group of teenagers into a central prize in the global War on Terror by retweeting #BringBackOurGirls, a call for the release of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls who’d been kidnapped by the little-known Islamist sect Boko Haram. With just four words, their tweets launched an army of would-be liberators, spies, and glory hunters into an obscure conflict that few understood, in a remote part of Nigeria that had just barely begun to use the internet. When hostage talks and military intervention failed, the schoolgirls were forced to take survival into their own hands. As their days in captivity dragged into years, the young women learned to withstand hunger, disease, and torment, and became witnesses and victims of unspeakable brutality. Many of the girls were Christians who refused to take the path offered them—converting to Islam. While the world’s most sophisticated surveillance technology sputtered out, a covert Swiss agency and its Nigerian recruits worked painstakingly in the shadows to free the girls. A powerful work of investigative journalism, Bring Back Our Girls unfolds across four continents, from the remote forests of northern Nigeria to the White House; from clandestine meetings in Khartoum safe houses to century-old luxury hotels on picturesque lakes in the Swiss Alps. It is a cautionary tale that plumbs the promise and peril of an era whose politics are fueled by the power of hashtag advocacy—revealing how wildfire social media activism is reshaping our relationship to global politics.


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What happens after you click tweet?. . . The heart-stopping and definitive account of the rescue mission to free hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls, and their heroic survival, after their 2014 kidnapping spurred a global social media campaign that prompted the intervention of seven militaries, showing us the blinding possibilities—for good and ill—of activism in our intercon What happens after you click tweet?. . . The heart-stopping and definitive account of the rescue mission to free hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls, and their heroic survival, after their 2014 kidnapping spurred a global social media campaign that prompted the intervention of seven militaries, showing us the blinding possibilities—for good and ill—of activism in our interconnected world.  In the spring of 2014, American celebrities and their Twitter followers unwittingly helped turn a group of teenagers into a central prize in the global War on Terror by retweeting #BringBackOurGirls, a call for the release of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls who’d been kidnapped by the little-known Islamist sect Boko Haram. With just four words, their tweets launched an army of would-be liberators, spies, and glory hunters into an obscure conflict that few understood, in a remote part of Nigeria that had just barely begun to use the internet. When hostage talks and military intervention failed, the schoolgirls were forced to take survival into their own hands. As their days in captivity dragged into years, the young women learned to withstand hunger, disease, and torment, and became witnesses and victims of unspeakable brutality. Many of the girls were Christians who refused to take the path offered them—converting to Islam. While the world’s most sophisticated surveillance technology sputtered out, a covert Swiss agency and its Nigerian recruits worked painstakingly in the shadows to free the girls. A powerful work of investigative journalism, Bring Back Our Girls unfolds across four continents, from the remote forests of northern Nigeria to the White House; from clandestine meetings in Khartoum safe houses to century-old luxury hotels on picturesque lakes in the Swiss Alps. It is a cautionary tale that plumbs the promise and peril of an era whose politics are fueled by the power of hashtag advocacy—revealing how wildfire social media activism is reshaping our relationship to global politics.

30 review for Bring Back Our Girls: The Search for Nigeria's Missing Schoolgirls and Their Astonishing Survival

  1. 5 out of 5

    S.

    As someone who has Nigerian friends and almost married a Nigerian, I'm interested in the country and culture. I remember this event, but people rarely talk about what happened to those poor girls. This book tells in great depth what happened and everyone should read it, and everyone should care. As someone who has Nigerian friends and almost married a Nigerian, I'm interested in the country and culture. I remember this event, but people rarely talk about what happened to those poor girls. This book tells in great depth what happened and everyone should read it, and everyone should care.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Wallace

    On 14 April 2014, Boko Haram militants attacked a government secondary boarding school in Chibok, Bormo st, where mostly Christian teenage girls from surrounding areas had gone to take exams. This is the appalling story of what happened to these girls.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nupur Parikh

    This book was hard to put down. The personal stories of the Chibok girls and the slew of characters involved in their release are intensely personal, heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. The book artfully weaves together these personal stories with a broader narrative that is incredibly informative and at times fascinating. The writing is consistently nuanced, highlighting the moral complexity at the heart of the various themes the book touches on. In a world that moves on so quickly from This book was hard to put down. The personal stories of the Chibok girls and the slew of characters involved in their release are intensely personal, heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. The book artfully weaves together these personal stories with a broader narrative that is incredibly informative and at times fascinating. The writing is consistently nuanced, highlighting the moral complexity at the heart of the various themes the book touches on. In a world that moves on so quickly from one hashtag to the next it's incredible that the authors of this book dedicated 6 years of their life to telling this story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Richard Mason

    The authors skillfully weave complex events into a spellbinding narrative of heroism and courage, with thought-provoking implications on social media, terrorism, and international politics vis-à-vis African nations.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Incredibly researched. Eye opening and thought provoking. And extremely readable. What are the unseen effects of social media activism? What courage and mettle does it take to survive kidnapping, war, starvation, and countless other horrors? What is right and wrong?

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