A Gift From Darkness: How I Escaped with My Daughter from Boko Haram

A Gift From Darkness: How I Escaped with My Daughter from Boko Haram Review

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.

Title:A Gift From Darkness: How I Escaped with My Daughter from Boko Haram
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Jill Dobbe

    My first thought after reading this exceptional book was how it took me completely out of myself, and my own world. Patience, the protagonist, lived a life that no one could even imagine-twice abducte...

  • Mpho Bernadette

    One definitely needs therapy to read the horrific contents of this book. At some point I cried while reading and in some areas I almost vomited because I was literally sick to my stomach. This book is...

  • Barbara

    An amazing memoir of a survivor of Boko Haram and the journalist who tells her story. Brave, harrowing and sheds light on women's plight in the most dire of circumstances. The bravery and resilience o...

  • Yibbie

    Hoffman has written an incredibly engrossing book. She tells the story of her journey to Nigeria and introduces us to Patience as she meets her. Then she lets her tell us her story. I knew when I req...

  • Aggie

    This is a profoundly sad book, triumphant in spirit but an incredible reminder of what we are ignoring across the globe. Patience wears her daughter in a traditional wrap much like the different ones ...

  • Jeanette Blain

    A Gift From Darkness is a vivid and straightforward nightmare in the land of Boko Haram. Journalist Andrea Hoffman travels to Maiduguri, Nigeria and talks to Patience Ibrahim, who gives a first-hand a...

  • Karen Ashmore

    The horrific story of a young woman who was captured by Boko Haram, managed to escape, only to be re-captured by them. A tough story to read but something that definitely must be shared....

  • Cynthia

    Patience, a young Christian living in northern Nigeria, has experienced the kind of trauma that many of us could only read about. At times, her story made me so overcome with emotion that I didn't kno...

  • Janet

    I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - The inspirational story of a pregnant young Nigerian woman and the horrors she endu...

  • Jeanna Rodgers

    What an awful read. :( Awful because of the subject matter. I find it so hard to comprehend what some people have to deal with - through no fault of their own - and I am amazed that Patience even mana...