MATAKON MAKOLA

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The Boko Haram attackers who invaded Gouzda village two years ago ordered everyone to convert to their interpretation of Islam, or die. Matakon escaped into the bush, but his eldest son, age 23, was caught. When he refused to join Boko Haram, a fighter slit his throat. Matakon is now responsible for an extended family of 27 members, including nephews, nieces and grandchildren, living in a half-built house offered by a host in the town of Moskota. Formerly, he was a farmer cultivating green fields of sorghum, cotton, and onions, but now he can’t find work to provide for his family or pay for school fees.

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