What We Are Reading Today: Beneath the Tamarind Tree by Isha Sesay

Updated 11 July 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Beneath the Tamarind Tree by Isha Sesay

  • Sesay combines the released Chibok girls’ stories with her own journalistic experiences to powerful effect

Isha Sesay, the author of Beneath the Tamarind Tree, is a Cambridge University-educated, Peabody Award-winning former anchor for CNN.

Sesay led CNN’s Africa reporting for more than a decade — covering stories ranging from the Arab Spring to the death of Nelson Mandela.

In her first book, Sesay has a chance to explore the story most important to her career and closest to her heart: The Daesh-affiliated terrorist group Boko Haram’s 2014 kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from the northern Nigerian town of Chibok.

For two years, 219 of the girls remained in captivity and 112 are still imprisoned.

In Beneath the Tamarind Tree, Sesay combines the released Chibok girls’ stories with her own journalistic experiences to powerful effect.

“In 2014, #BringBackOurGirls was on everybody’s lips. People were tweeting and demonstrating. Then it just disappeared. It speaks to me of the ease to which the West can look away from the crimes perpetrated against black and brown people, in particular women. The ease with which we so quickly move on,” Sesay said in recent published remarks.


Taylor Swift opens up about eating disorder

Taylor Swift has revealed she struggled with an eating disorder. (File/AFP)
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Taylor Swift opens up about eating disorder

  • In a new documentary, Taylor Swift has revealed she struggled with an eating disorder

DUBAI: US singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has revealed she struggled with an eating disorder in a new documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

“Miss Americana,” which is set to be released on Netflix on Jan. 31, sees Swift admit to fans that photographs and comments about her appearance triggered her eating disorder.

“I’m not in any way proud of it,” the singer said, adding that hurtful comments would “just trigger me to just starve a little bit.”

“Miss Americana” received a standing ovation after it premiered in Utah on Thursday night. Director Lana Wilson took to the stage to praise Swift, saying: “I think it’s really brave to see someone who is a role model for so many girls and women be really honest about that.”