Monday, April 18, 2016

Chibok, Nigeria, and Grief

Thank you, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani and The New York Times, for telling us more about Chibok, Nigeria, the town where more than 200 girls were kidnapped in 2014 by Boko Haram.

In her article "What's Worse Than a Girl Being Kidnapped?" she reports on other problems in northern Nigeria, "a land where tragedy is an everyday occurrence."

These other problems include:

  • 109 deaths per 1000 births
  • a male illiteracy rate of 18.1%
  • a female illiteracy rate of 15.4%
  • early marriage before high school can be completed

In fact, she reports that "One of the kidnapped was the only one of her 20 siblings to have attended formal school."

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