Reference : V-P-NE-E-00152
Date : 24/03/2016
Country/Region : NIGER
Caption : Diffa, near the border with Nigeria, Yebi. Maina, a 60-year-old herder, and his family received building materials and food aid from the ICRC.
Photographer : CHERKAOUI, Sylvain
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : reserved users only
Copyright : Cosmos for ICRC
Description : Maina is a 60-year-old herder. He has two wives and 10 children. His family owned around a hundred cows that they used to graze on the islands on the Nigerian side of Lake Chad, before the fighting forced them to move.
“It happened in April last year. We’d only been in Niger for three months. We have been attacked and five members of my family have been killed, including one of my children. They took all our cattle. By taking my cows, they’ve taken my life,” he says.
When the family arrived in Yebi, near the border with Nigeria, the village chief gave them some land to set up home. “I sell straw now and my wives earn a living by grinding millet for the locals.”
“The neighbours gave us two small goats to have a bit of milk. But if we had a couple of cows too, we’d be off – even though it’d take years to build up a herd again.”
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5817x3886
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour