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The inspirational story of a pregnant young Nigerian woman and the horrors she endured to save her unborn child when she was kidnapped by Boko Haram.

When she was nineteen, Patience Ibrahim's first husband was murdered by Boko Haram. She fled to the safety of her village and remarried several months later. Having prayed for a child for years, Patience is overjoyed when she discovers she is pregnant. But her joy is short-lived: Boko Haram soldiers are at her door. Brutally abducted and forced to convert to Islam, she lives in constant terror of what her kidnappers have in store for her. She finds herself alone in the world and fears her life is over.

For two months, Patience hides her pregnancy while facing the brutalities meted out by Boko Haram. By the sheer force of her determination to protect her baby, she and her child are able to survive. Now, she has entrusted journalist Andrea C. Hoffmann with her story, a powerful first-person account of Boko Haram's atrocities in Nigeria and Cameroon.

One of the first testimonies on the terrorist group's war crimes in Western Africa, A Gift from Darkness poignantly shows the human toll of a crisis that demands attention.

About the Author

Andrea Claudia Hoffmann is a political editor and Middle East expert for the news magazine Focus and has been traveling the region for more than fifteen years. She recently co-authored The Girl Who Beat ISIS: Farida's Story (Vintage, 2016), and Raif Badawi, the Voice of Freedom (Other Press, 2016). Hoffmann's reportages about Iran have been awarded numerous prizes. Patience Ibrahim lives with her daughter Gift in Maiduguri, in northern Nigeria.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781590518496
ISBN-10: 1590518497
Publisher: Other Press (NY)
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2018
Pages: 288
Language: English
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