Reference : V-P-NG-E-00601
Date : 06/05/2015
Country/Region : NIGERIA
Caption : Borno State, Maiduguri. The situation of people displaced by the violence in north-east Nigeria, especially women and girls, is extremely difficult.
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Communities have been torn apart, children are not going to school and almost everyone has lost everything. The ICRC is helping to restore contact between family members separated by the conflict. Around one million people have sought
refuge in Maiduguri from ongoing violence in the Northeast of Nigeria. Most of them have lost everything when they had to run away to save their lives.

ICRC website, article of the 28th May 2015:
"Children traumatized, families broken - life inside Maiduguri.
They arrived in the middle of the night from the nearby town of Bama, more than a thousand people, mainly children and the elderly. They had been transported on trucks, under heavy military escort, for fear of attack.

The elderly were so fragile they had to be carried off and set down to rest under the trees. The children were in rags, most of them barefoot. They had not eaten for days. We gave them bread, sardines, nuts and water.

I walked up to an old man, maybe around 80 years old, wearing a traditional white babanriga gown. He looked so fragile. He was trying to hold himself steady and at the same time lift the water can.

He looked me in the eye and whispered "Alangubro, Alangubro, Askergna." It means something like "The highest form of respect to you, for your great kindness.""
Original material : digital
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Orientation : landscape
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