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Kachi Benson to Document the Chibok Girls Tragedy in New “The Harvest”

The documentary aims to shed light on the aftermath and resilience of the Chibok community.
April 22, 2024
2:01 am
Photo courtesy of Motheo Moeng

In 2014, the abduction of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria, by the Boko Haram extremist group sparked global outrage and the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Despite efforts to locate and rescue the girls, many remain missing, their fate still unknown.


Now, Nigerian director Kachi Benson is embarking on a project to capture the untold stories and enduring resilience of the Chibok community in the aftermath of this tragedy. Benson’s upcoming documentary, titled “The Harvest,” promises to delve into the lives of the mothers and survivors affected by the kidnapping.


The director’s inspiration for the film stems from his five-year-long engagement with the Chibok community, during which he has had heartfelt conversations and intimate interactions with the women. Through these experiences, Benson has come to see the Chibok women as more than just victims – they are resilient heroines whose strength and determination defy the tragedy that has befallen them.


In a social media post, Benson expressed the significance of the 10-year mark since the Chibok girls’ abduction, stating, “Today marks 10 years since the kidnap of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok. Ten years of waiting, praying, and hoping for their return. How do you keep alive in the face of such tragedy? I don’t know.”


Audiences can expect “The Harvest” to provide a powerful and intimate glimpse into the daily lives, struggles, hopes, and dreams of the Chibok community as they continue to navigate the aftermath of the harrowing event. The documentary aims to honor the stories of the Chibok mothers and survivors, offering a deeper understanding of their enduring resilience in the face of unimaginable tragedy.


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