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The Weekly: Balaraba
The Weekly: Balaraba

The Weekly: Balaraba

26 min • Politics & World Affairs, Crime • 2020

The New York Times returns to northeastern Nigeria to revisit girls who had been abducted and conscripted by Boko Haram. Among them is Balaraba, who refused orders to carry out a suicide bombing, and survived. Tracking the remarkable experience of this young woman, THE WEEKLY explores the commitments that motivate ordinary people to perform extraordinary acts of bravery, and to cling to a belief in a future under the most dangerous and dire of circumstances. Through Balaraba’s journey, we glimpse those of hundreds of other young women who have escaped Boko Haram, and defied stigma and ostracization to rebuild their lives – even as the insurgency shows few signs of coming to an end. (Episode 27 of 30)
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