A film I edit-directed goes out tonight on Channel 4 at 11pm, “Dispatches: Nigeria’s Hidden War”. You can see a clip on the Dispatches website here.
I can’t claim credit for the documentary’s shocking material – it’s the culmination of a year-long investigation by reporter Evan Williams and producer Eve Lucas.
The world reacted with outrage when the terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls in April – and the great and good rushed to express their support via #BringBackOurGirls.
But this powerful film shows the other side of Nigeria’s war on Islamist terror.
Evan and Eve have gathered together dozens of videos, many of which show the arbitrary arrest, torture and summary execution of civilians and unarmed Boko Haram suspects by Nigerian soldiers and their civilian militia counterparts.
It supports the findings released by Amnesty International last week that war crimes have been committed in the battle against Boko Haram.
Be warned: the footage and testimony is utterly horrific, hence the late broadcast time.
In one of the most shocking clips, a group of men described by witnesses as Nigerian soldiers and militiamen cut the throats of several young men in what appears to be revenge for the beheading of soldiers by Boko Haram.
It’s been strange to spend three weeks sitting in a gloomy edit suite, with the hot summer sun just visible through the window, watching some of the worst visions I’ve ever seen of man’s inhumanity to man.
It’s not easy to watch – which is why it’s so important that you do.