The story of Abba Ahuza (7)
[written by a food security officer)
Abba is from Kadau village in Boboshe Ward of Dikwa Local Government, Borno State, Nigeria. He lost his father three months ago (February 2017). His father was killed by unknown gun men (believed to be Boko Haram), according to him, on that day, gun men, attacked our village and beat my father with stick till he died, they did not shoot him. Since February, 2017, when their village was attacked, by gun men (Boko haram), the armed men stayed in their vicinity putting the entire community in cycle, so that no one can come in or go out. On 8th May, 2017, the military attacked the gun men, paving way for the people of Kadau/Kaza community to come out from their captivity.
Abba Ahuza had to trek for more than 24 hours in the bush alone without any company. When their village was liberated by the military every body ran and left him alone. His mother was no were to be found (whether she is dead or alive is still unknown to him), his only sister Yiza faltaye, 9 years, was taking by Boko Haram, when their village was attacked. According to their Bulama (community leader), he came to Dikwa, alone when every body in their community left him unknowingly, he most have walked for at least 15km. 'We arrived here on 9th May, 2017, when the military rescued us from our captors in our community on 8th May, 2017. He came here on 10th May, 2017, as at the time all of us were running to Dikwa, non of us thought of him, we thought he is together with his mum, but as I am talking to you now, we don’t know the whereabouts of his mother, as for his sister, he told us that the armed men took her with them.'
Abba, was first received at the new arrival location in Dikwa (Filling station), a place were every person coming to Dikwa as IDP new arrival must go first for military vetting and clearance. In this place, you may stay for at lease three to five days before the military will clear you to enter Dikwa town. After the military clearance SEMA, IOM and MSF will then come and register the new arrival. It was in this location that Abba, met the people from his village, who left him while they were running for their live. The people were surprised to see him coming alone and still alive. He came only with a plastic rubber of 50cl, which he filled with water and used throughout his journey.
He is currently staying with a good Samaritan who is like an uncle to him (who is also an IDP), who is from their village and who knows him and his parents, in emergency tarpaulin shelter that is provided by NRC RRM team. He has only one cloth which is what he is wearing now, he has no food, no shoes, no soap. For now he only eat the food that is provided by NRC in Dikwa.
There are hundreds of households in Dikwa Local Government area of Borno State, Nigeria, that are suffering from hunger (no food, water, NFI, Shelter and hygiene kits), just like Abba Ahuza, that need urgent intervention from NRC and other humanitarian organization. There are also many children and teens like Abba, that are suffering same plight.
Finally, Abba Ahuza, has no relation now in Dikwa or any where apart from his village, which till now, he sees no body that he is related to, it is only humanitarian organization that can put smile on his face and people like him by providing the necessary help.
Text and photo by Danladi Bitrus/NRC
Photo: Rosalyn Velds/NRC
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