“I don’t want to be an unheard refugee, feeling so weak, not doing anything.”
With few options, Syrian refugees require assistance as they await return to destroyed homes
Two years ago Hayat’s* life was turned upside down when her husband was taken by authorities. She has not heard from him since. At the time, they were living with their four daughters in his family’s village near Kobane, Syria.
Over 80% of refugees from Nigeria have found shelter in host families in Niger, most of them poor and chronically hungry themselves. This is an account of humbling hospitality and one woman’s strength.
Fana is 17 years old. But the horrors she has lived through in Nigeria are enough for a lifetime.
Gambo and Hadja both fled Northern Nigeria with their children to seek shelter and peace in Niger. Their lives are put on hold.
It is cold and rainy, when I arrive in the refugee camp Berseve I, about 20 minutes by car from Zakho in the Kurdish Region of Iraq. The water is pouring on the tarps of the tents, the soil is rain-sodden and within minutes my hands are freezing cold.
Mid-way down a gravel lane in a tent camp for Iraqis displaced by conflict in nearby provinces, a group of teenage girls is gathered in a circle, exchanging the latest news, stories of friends and family. Each of their families fled here, to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) late last summer wh