the Chibok girls are just one part of the ordeal of women in north-east Nigeria

Written for The Guardian in the wake of a video released showing some of the Chibok girls and demanding the release of fighters in exchange for them.

Are they the Chibok girls?” Every time there is news of the women and girls held by Boko Haram – as Jama’at Ahlus-Sunnah Lida’awati wal-Jihad (JAS) is commonly known – this is always one of the first questions; and the answer is usually no.

Then last Sunday JAS released a video apparently showing some of the girls, and demanded the release of fighters in exchange for them.

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