Sahel/Nigeria: Life in Reconstruction
Like the majority of Damasak’s residents, Lami fled with her husband and five children to Niger when Boko Haram attacked her town in November 2014. They all crossed by foot the Yobe river and entered Niger where they found refuge for more than three years. When Lami returned to her home earlier this year, she only found the walls standing. Alone, she built a makeshift shelter made up of a large plastic sheet, bits of ropes, four pieces of thick wood serving as pillars, and a bed cover standing as a door. She lived in there for three months before she was offered a rehabilitation of her home by the Norwegian Refugee Council. During three days of intensive work, NRC’s rehabilitation team installed a metal sheet roof, new doors and windows, and fixed any other minor damages. Now, Lami has a new home where she and her family can sleep and live. Just a few feet away, her makeshift shelter stands still as a reminder of the life she has been rebuilding after having lost all she had.
Photo: Hajer Naili/NRC