Idris, NRC Driver in Maiduguri
Idris works as a driver for NRC Nigeria’s field office in Maiduguri. Originally from Gwoza, he arrived in Maiduguri seven months ago, where he was reunited with his wife and three children. He had not seen his family for two years. He says: “When I saw my wife and children, I noticed my youngest was missing. My wife told me they [Boko Haram] killed our baby when she refused to leave the house. I do not like to think of the two years I was unable to protect them”.
About the two years that he was separated from his family, he says: “The men in my community had to flee because Boko Haram was coming, and we knew they were looking for men. We escaped to Sambisa forest. Many terrible things happened there, if you had seen me you would not have recognized me as the Idris I am today.” To stay alive, he hid in trees and under bushes during the day. At night, he and the men from his village would try catch birds to eat. After several months, he made it to Yola where he worked as a taxi driver, until Boko Haram insurgents started targeting Yola. He travelled through various towns before arriving in Maiduguri.
Idris lights up when asked about working for NRC. “I am so proud to work for NRC. It is a good job and it is my chance to give my children a better future.”
Photo+text: Rosalyn Velds/NRC