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Mustapha Ali – the village chief happy to be back home

Mustapha Ali – the village chief happy to be back home

Mustapha Ali is the village head (lawan) of Tarmuwa, a neighbourhood of Banki town in Borno State’s Bama Local Government Area (LGA). He arrived in Banki with his 38-member family, who were among the 1,320 Nigerian refugees facilitated to return from Cameroon by...

Brushing away gender barriers

Brushing away gender barriers

Along Lekki highway, just outside of Nigeria’s bustling megacity Lagos, the economy seems to be humming: Traffic is dense, and businesses are flourishing. New constructions spring up like mushrooms, and in a freshly erected apartment complex, three painters are hard...

Little big cash

Little big cash

“We did not have anything to take with us when we fled.” Edwin Ngaba, 29-year old Cameroonian father of three little children, sounds exhausted, as if he had reached safety in Nigeria only yesterday. “When we walked across the border”, Edwin recalls, “some Nigerian...

“People thought, I would not survive”

“People thought, I would not survive”

Doris Azuwa will never forget this fateful afternoon. It had been raining cats and dogs, and there was a strong wind. All her family – seven children and her husband – was in the house on the day that would put their lives upside down. It must have been around 4 o’...

Small business, big success

Small business, big success

“As we entered Bakassi IDP camp, life was not easy because we could not eat enough and I could not provide for the education of my children”, says 60-year old Usman Bura, a father of four and husband to two wives. “I want to thank UNHCR for helping me and my family to...