Rebuilding after Boko Haram

Khadija's story

Khadija and her husband Jabar were forced to flee their village in Eastern Nigeria after armed men threatened everyone who lived there.

Like most families from their village, they left in a hurry. In the middle of the night they fled, taking nothing but their children with them in search of a safer place.

We were too afraid that, if we stayed, we would be shot dead or beaten. We knew we had to run for our lives, especially to protect our children.

They trekked for two days until they arrived at a camp for internally displaced people.

When they first arrived at the camp, the family stayed in a school building where most newly arrived people stay.

We were sharing the space with many other families, it was very crowded and didn’t always feel safe.

But when they received an emergency shelter kit containing tarpaulin, timber, rope, and nails, the couple were able to build their own shelter where they now live with their children.

Camp for internally displaced people in eastern Nigeria

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The family also received essential aid items including a kitchen set, water carriers, solar lights, and mosquito nets.

Khadija told us: ‘Now we have our own space as a family, and we have some privacy, unlike before. Most issues we faced when we first arrived have been solved or alleviated.’

With your support, more families like Khadija’s can start to rebuild their lives after disaster.

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