Friday, February 2, 2018

Re: Boko Haram

A year after her village was levelled by insurgents, Hepsata Adjit returned to make peace with her past.  
She had married Abiso Gambo, the bulama or village chief, two years before. Though she was only Gambo’s second wife, Adjit, then 20, was blissfully happy.
But then Boko Haram arrived.

The fallout from the eight-year Boko Haram insurgency is grave: more than 2.4 million people have fled their homes in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Thousands are dead; thousands more have been raped, beaten and abducted. 

When the militants arrived in Gashia Midek in late 2016, the entire village ran into the surrounding scrubby desert, hiding in clumps of trees.
The village’s wealth, which had been built up over generations, seems impossible to get back. 

Find out what happened -  
Extracted from this story "How one woman laid the memory of Boko Haram to rest" sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in The Guardian UK.  

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