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 The Women Who Love Boko Haram

At a safe house in Nigeria, the wives of Boko Haram fighters share stories of the men they married. 

 

 The App That Saved 1000 Children

In 2010, health workers discovered an outbreak of lead in northern Nigeria, induced by improper gold mining. Thousands of people were exposed to the life threatening toxin 

 

Executions, Beatings and Forced Marriage

There is a house in Gulak, with a neem tree out front and a well in the back. Inside, dozens of women and girls spent days, weeks and even months waiting for a chance to escape their captors

 

In The Land Of Nigeria's Kidnapped Girls

On Monday morning, May 12, I sat in the backseat of a Toyota Corolla, headed to Chibok. With a satin abaya draping my body in a sheath of black, and my hair curled underneath a black chiffon hijab

 

Are Blacks Abandoning Christianity For African Faiths?

The placement of fallen fragments of coconut helped William Jones decide on whether or not to go to graduate school. The Yoruba priest that Jones had invited into his Brooklyn apartment had examined the four coconut pieces 

 

Preserving a 'Poor Man's Sport' In Nigeria's Capital

Just off the expressway that links the Italian stoned mansions in the Nigerian capital of Abuja’s pricey “Minister’s Hill” neighborhood to the settlements of corrugated tin roof shacks in the outskirts, is a nondescript path

 

Nigeria's Igbo Jews: Lost Tribes of Israel?

A Shabbat service is underway at the Ghihon Hebrew Research synagogue in the Jikwoyi suburb of Nigeria's federal capital territory

 

Where The Vagina Counts

Mothers lay their daughters on mattresses, spread their legs as wide as “Vs,” push their fingers inside their daughters’ vaginas and measure the depth of entry into the soft mounds of flesh

 

How I Escaped Marrying A Boko Haram Fighter

Boko Haram entered Sabon Gari village about 7 p.m. We heard gunshots. The shots sounded like thunder, so the children were jumping and smiling and singing, “Let the rain come, let the rain come” 

 

Chibok: The Village That Lost Its Daughters To Boko Haram

Asabe Kwambura is getting tired of waiting. Sitting under a young mango tree alongside the charred remains of her school, the headteacher looks around nervously

 

A Close Encounter With Boko Haram

On my second visit to Chibok, I slept with a machete tucked between the headboard of the bed and the dresser, wondering if the reddish stains on the blade were rust or blood

 

Nigerians Displaced By Boko Haram Feel Disenfranchised By Their Government

For Dauda Musa, voting in Nigeria’s upcoming election is not a choice between candidates; it is one between life and possible death. The 31-year-old is from Chibok, the largely Christian town where almost 300 schoolgirls

 

The Lost Children Of Boko Haram

Rose Wakulu is exhausted. Yet the 25-year-old sits upright on a wooden chair in an abandoned school classroom, breastfeeding her 28-day-old nephew Ibrahim. Boko Haram fighters killed his mother and twin

 

Gay Nigerians Targeted As 'Un-African'

Fourteen years ago, at the age of 19, Ifeanyi Orazulike could no longer ignore his affections for men. "I had these funny feelings that I could not explain," he says. As the feelings evolved into a full-fledged attraction for the same sex

 

It Happened To Me

I got a job in New York City a few years ago. I was new to the American North; I still reeked of the South. Pillsbury biscuits, Georgian peaches and Jiffy cornbread with a dollop of Daisy. Chick-Fil-A, Bojangles’ and Piggly Wiggly

 

Love In A Time Of Fear: Albino Women's Stories From Tanzania

Grace Medaldi looked for love in a relationship with a man who threatened her when she got pregnant. “It will be unto you if you give birth to a child like you,” she says he told her. The “like you” was a reference to Grace’s skin

 

Black Mormons Weigh Obama-Romney Match Up

"Bull. One simple word. I'd put the other word behind it, but we don't talk that way." That's how Don Harwell responded when I asked if he felt compelled to support President Obama - a fellow African-American - in 2012