A Gift from Darkness: How I Escaped with my Daughter from Boko Haram review

Patience Ibrahim and Andrea C Hoffmann's book is a heart-wrenching tale of evil

Chibok girls who were released by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria this month. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Chibok girls who were released by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria this month. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Sat, May 27, 2017, 00:01

   
 

Book Title:
A Gift from Darkness - How I Escaped with my Daughter from Boko Haram

ISBN-13:
9781408708958

Author:
Patience Ibrahim and Andrea C Hoffman Translated by Shaun Whiteside

Publisher:
Little Brown

Guideline Price:
£13.99

This is a heart-wrenching story of evil. Patience, a young Nigerian married woman, escapes twice from the clutches of Boko Haram. While in their capture she experiences and witnesses unspeakable brutality when she refuses to convert to Islam.

Some who convert become suicide bombers and cast suspicion on all escapees, including Patience. She is pregnant and must conceal the pregnancy as she, in their eyes, is carrying an “infidel” and has seen what happened to others in her situation.

After the second escape Patience gives birth alone in a field and calls her daughter Gift. She is reunited with her husband, only to be widowed a second time. This reviewer is not sure how much of Patience’s words are her own or Andrea Hoffmann’s, but in any case this book is not for the faint-hearted.