2019 marks 5 years since 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their hostels in Chibok, a small town in Borno State, North-East Nigeria. More than 100 girls have been rescued by the government but 112 are still missing.
What happens to the mothers who watch each day’s rising sun and midnight moon for a sign of their girls’ return?
In the first-ever VR documentary on the Chibok story, Daughters of Chibok
gives a voice to the mothers to whom the memory of 14 April 2014 is like yesterday.
The documentary, made by VR 360 Stories’ Joel ‘Kachi Benson, focuses on their hopes and how they keep the pain at bay.
Yana, one of the mothers and a woman leader, shows us how the women turn to the hard earth of Chibok to find purpose, and sustenance for their children.
With no means of obtaining fertilizer, pesticides and other elements, their efforts yield next to nothing. They can only till the earth with simple hoes and hope for the rains. Poverty is added to their pain.
Every woman in Chibok has a farm, with an average size of 2 hectares.
They farm groundnuts, bambara nuts, maize, and beans - the main cash crop.
The average annual yield is 7 bags of beans per farmer.
We want to change that.
On June 14, 2019 VR 360 Stories and Imisi 3D organised a VR Screening of Daughters of Chibok at the British Council in Lagos, they also launched a fundraiser with support from the Murtala Muhammed Foundation.
With the right input of fertilizer, pesticide, and upgraded farming tools the women can increase their annual yield by up to 300%! We would like to give each woman:10 bags of fertilizer = £246
10 litres of pesticide = £45
1 bull = £446
Plough = £68
Training = £89
Total cost per woman = £894 x 112 women.