Escaping Boko Haram: Nigerians Adapt to New Life

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Nigeria is a very diverse country, sometimes starting a new life in a different community other than one's own is a daunting task. However, the displaced people from Boko Haram dominated enclaves have no choice.

Samson, his two brothers, their wives, and their children fled their homes in Uvakh'a, about 5 kilometers from Gwoza, in northeastern Nigeria. They fled Boko Haram's onslaught and their hometown is now a stronghold of the militant group. The family is currently sheltering in the central Nigerian city of Jos, trying to start a new life, form a new community, and preserve their identity as they have little hope of going back to their village in the near future.


  1. Wide shots of neighborhood and houses in Jos
  2. Shots of Samson and his family in his house
  3. Shots of other family members and children


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    Samson Adamu, Farmer: 00:48 - 00:54 We are not thinking of going back to Gwoza for now because the traces of Boko of Haram is still evident there. 00:59 – 01:20 We survived on stipends people give for food and firewood. If not we have nothing for now. Sometimes we get food donations and cook. But what we want now, if there is something like rearing of birds (poultry farming) or other menial jobs that one can do to earn a living to provide for our family we are ready.
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    Rachel Samson Adamu, Housewife: 01:20 – 01:40 I have 8 children, 4 are not with me, 1 is in Benin city schooling on sponsorship, 2 are here in Jos schooling also on sponsorship and one in Lagos and doing menial jobs to survive.
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    Daniel Hamba, Brick Layer: 01:41 – 02:19 We sometimes go to look for jobs and they always say no, we have enough hands but we are not giving up Wherever there is work we always go to see if we will get lucky, we are not known so is difficult to be hired like that, maybe with time they will know us. For now we just survive with what we get from good spirited people, we have no jobs, God has been providing for us.
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    Helen Daniel Hamba, Petty Trader: 02:45 – 03: 15 Back in Gwoza our main occupation is farming and small business like frying beans cake and other food for breakfast, then moved to our various farms by 9 am that is how we live our lives back there, We are not government workers. Menial jobs and petty trading is what we do that is buying and selling of foodstuff But here we are missing our homes as we all come here with nothing doing because of capital to stat up a business