Saleh with his daughter Aisha.
Saleh is a farmer who used to live in Monguno local government area of Borno state. He is 50 years old and has two wives, Aisha and Fatima. He has 17 children with the last child - Yusuf, an 8-month old baby. Saleh’s eldest son is married with 5 children and shares the same shelter with his father at Bakasi Internally displaced person’s camp in Maiduguri.
Saleh was living peacefully with his family in Monguno before he fled with his family due to insecurity. One morning Malam saw every one running and the town was filled with panic. There was smoke coming out of burning houses in the nearby villages. Fearing for his family’s safety, he and his family fled. They left behind their livestock and all they owned and walked in the bushes for many hours to Gajiganna town. From there, they hired a bus to that transported them to Maidiguri.
When they arrived in Maiduguri, Saleh and his family were hosted by his uncle for one month after which they had to move to Bakasi internally displaced camp. His uncle could no longer host them as he has a large family that also depends on him. Saleh Mohammed is now living with his family in Bakasi Internally displaced person’s camp in Maiduguri where he feels safe.
Saleh’s hope is for normalcy to return to his village in order for him take his family back home. He would like his children to get basic education especially his 11 year old son ‘Abba’ whose ambition is to go to school and become a doctor and help his family in the future.
Some of Salem quotes:
“What we left behind was our Livestock’s and we have now lost all”
“I came to this town because of the crisis; I took my family and fled”
“I was so sad and afraid that something horrible could happen to us”
“Everyone was panicking”
“Back home, we were suffering, but here we feel protected, we thank God”
“That’s our hope, to go back and continue the farming we used to do”
Photo: NRC/Ingrid Prestetun
From Program visit to Maiduguri