In 2009, insurgents from the Boko Haram terrorist group attacked the ancient Nigerian city of Maiduguri for the first time. The group, whose name loosely translates as ‘Western education is forbidden’, quickly advanced throughout the north-east region of Nigeria striking homes, schools, markets, places of worship and places of work, killing thousands of people and leaving more than 2 million people displaced across Nigeria as well as Cameroon, Chad and Niger.


'This War Has Found a Home ' are images of the internally displaced persons capturing from their smiles, pain, and resilience. Fleeing for safety and struggling to survive in camps having lost their means of livelihood. Within the last five years, I have covered burnt schools, villages, worship centers, and camps where these survivors live in the three most affected states Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe. Some of the powerful stories that  humanised love in a war zone was the  mother who fell under pressure  gave up her teenage daughter to marry an insurgent.  Wives whose husbands were allegedly convicted as Boko Haram fighters left to rot in jail without trials. 


There are several layers to this crisis that was perceived as apolitical and later dubbed as a money-making strategy for the terrorist group abducting Nigerians for huge ransoms.
 

These are faces of those who lived to tell their stories as the war has become the identity of IDPs. No one can categorically tell when the war will end.

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