The images you see on television are just the tip of the iceberg.

Due to the seemingly endless violence perpetrated by Boko Haram in the northeast, hundreds of thousands of Nigerians have fled to our region in and around Yola. Many live in refugee camps, but the overwhelming majority do not because it is Nigerian custom to stay with relatives and extended family members. In Nigeria, family members are never turned away.

There are still more than 150,000 internally displaced refugees in Yola.

While no one has official numbers, AUN estimates that for every person in a refugee camp, there are 40 living outside the camps in the homes of already-impoverished family members.

The American University of Nigeria and the Adamawa Peace Initiative have stepped in to help those no one else is helping. AUN and the API have been providing basic relief to refugees since March 2014.

We cannot do it alone. Please help us feed those who have nothing.

Your donation will be used to buy and distribute rice, maize and beans to the more than 100,000 Nigerians under AUN’s care.

You can do your part to help those devastated by Boko Haram.

Women and children gathering at a local Catholic church for an AUN food distribution. Photo by Don North.