Fati managed to escape before Boko Haram came to Dikwa. Word of their attacks on other towns in the region was spreading, and the fighters had begun to make incursions into villages on the outskirts of the region. Her younger brother was killed, and two of her nieces were kidnapped. Already widowed, she gathered her children with nothing but their identity papers and the clothes on their backs, and they made the journey to Maiduguri. A local family helped them to find a place, now a simple concrete structure with a small dirt lot, and generous neighbours gave them clothes. The children are mostly in school now, and she plans to remain in Maiduguri.


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