Last updated June 12, 2017.
The Bakasi campi in Maiduguri, Nigeria is now home to 30,000 people, including Ajazara and her son. They’ve lived here for eight months now, but they’ve been displaced from their real home for almost three years.
When Boko Haram took over their community, it forced women to stay inside — they could not go out to get food or water. Eventually, Boko Haram killed almost everyone there, including 15 members of Ajazara’s family. She and her son fled.
Many have found shelter and assistance in displaced camps. Many more have been welcomed into the homes of kind-hearted people.
“Because of the conditions, they are mine to take care of,” 57-year-old Karama tells The Washington Post. He has taken in upwards of 70 individuals at a time in his home in Maiduguri. “It is compulsory to help them. They only have what you can see.”
The Boko Haram crisis is complex. But it has led to one very simple thing — limited access to food and a looming famine. 1.8 million people have been displaced and 4.7 million are food-insecure, as of late April 2017, and the numbers are increasing. In fact, food insecurity may ramp up to impact 5.2 million people in June 2017 — that would be more than the entire population of South Carolina.