Displaced! is a series by CSR-in-Action Advocacy to bring to life the stories of those who have been and remain affected by war in Nigeria. It is an initiative of CSR-in-Action Advocacy’s The Good Citizen which casts light on the dire plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and is a call to nationalists and humanitarian to support us in perspective about the life we live on a daily basis.
We bring you real life stories of persons of Nigerian birth who have been cast bereft, without recourse for livelihood, peace or happiness. These stories are brought to you straight from the heart of the destruction the Boko Haram sect has inflicted on the northern part of Nigeria; tales of famine, malnutrition, homelessness, hopelessness and all manner of dehumanisation. This destruction has left many woman spouseless, many girls defiled, many young men fatherless and without guidance and has caused mental imbalance for many of the population.
Nancy Bitrus Speaks
I hail from Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State. Prior to the Boko Haram crisis my husband, children and I lived in Gwoza. My husband worked as a prison warden at Damaturu, Yobe state. Boko Haram raided our village sometime in 2014 and my husband was killed where he worked. His corpse was brought to the village all bloodied with clear signs of beating with sticks and other marks on the body.