Falmata and her husband are originally from Nigeria, where they used to live. Life was simple and peaceful for them and their seven children. They lived comfortably in their own home, and they enjoyed being within a close-knit community.
But in 2017, their life was turned upside down when Boko Haram attacked their village. The extremist group wreaked havoc, killing the men and destroying people’s homes. Falmata’s husband was one of the few men in their village to survive the killings.
For Falmata, the violence she lived through that day was like a bad film she will never forget. She recalls:
Escaping Boko Haram
The family lost everything that day – their home, their community, their livelihoods. They ran, without looking back, eventually settling in Minawao camp in Cameroon.
They were given a tent, which gave them the space they needed to be together as a family and maintain their privacy and dignity. The shelter allowed them to breathe again, but their nightmare was far from over.
This time, the enemy would come along with the rainy season. And it would be smaller in size than they’d ever imagined.
Disease-bearing mosquitoes were a serious problem for the family, who didn’t know how to protect themselves. As a result, Falmata’s children became dangerously ill with malaria.
“My husband and I tried so many times to find solutions against the mosquito bites. In my village, we used firewood smoke. But we could not do it here because of the material of the tents”.