Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree

Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
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Based on interviews with young women who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, this poignant novel by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani tells the timely story of one girl who was taken from her home in Nigeria and her harrowing fight for survival. Includes an afterword by award-winning journalist Viviana Mazza.

A new pair of shoes, a university degree, a husband - these are the things a girl dreams of in a Nigerian village. And with a government scholarship right around the corner, everyone can see these dreams aren’t too far out of reach.

But the girl’s dreams turn to nightmares when her village is attacked by Boko Haram, a terrorist group, in the middle of the night. Kidnapped, she is taken with other girls and women into the forest, where she is forced to follow her captors’ radical beliefs and watch as her best friend slowly accepts everything she’s been told.

Still, the girl defends her existence. As impossible as escape may seem, her life - her future - is hers to fight for.

©2018 Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani; Afterword copyright 2018 by Viviana Mazza (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Brings to life

This heartbreaking story brings to life the horrible deeds heaped uoon these innocent young girls. It also brings to light how easily brainwashing can take place withe a stick and carrot. The world should not ever turn a blind eye.

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AWESOME

GREAT AND AWESOME, I LOVED IT. BEAUTIFUL EDUCATIONAL AND ENTERTAINING ACTIVITIES. GLAD YOUR SAFE NOW

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A quick and important read; you will learn something

A solid YA book that's more mature than most and makes you think. This is a great starting point for anyone interested in learning more about Nigeria and the rise of Boko Haram. It prompted me to spend several days doing additional research on Boko Haram, their victims, and what's being done to defeat them.

This fictionalized account is told in short, vignette-style chapters that make it a quick read despite the heavy subject matter. A possible downside to this format is that the reader might not feel intensely connected to the characters.

Overall though, this is a great book that made me more aware of Boko Haram, their supposed "purpose," and tactics they used to control the young girls and women they kidnapped, including starvation, abuse, jealousy and brainwashing. The afterward was also very informative. I was left contemplating the levels of human depravity, martyrdom, brainwashing, and survival. Finally, Robin Miles' narration is fantastic as always. Highly recommend!

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Lost Innocence, Boko Haram and Terror in Nigeria

The dreams of a university education, the love of learning and being the first girl from her family to go to college all vanished . . . the day that Boko Haram ransacked their village. Powerfully told and heartbreakingly honest, this story will stay with me for a long, long time.