Community member Fadimatu Yahaya’s life and livelihood has been severely affected by Boko Haram. She was forced to flee her home and farm, and her eldest son was killed during the insurgency.
While these terrible losses did not defeat her, Fadimatu – like many others who are able to return home – is now faced with little to no means to rebuild her life. Fadimatu came home to Mayo Bani and tried to return to what she knew how to do best – farming maize, rice, beans, and groundnuts. “I used to harvest up to 40 bags of rice,” said Fadimatu. “That’s how I feed my family.”
It has been difficult rebuilding. The insurgents were ruthless, destroying farmland and valuable infrastructure. However, there has been little response from the international community to this growing humanitarian crisis. Many returnees must depend on external aid from organizations, such as the American University of Nigeria, the Adamawa Peace Initiative (AUN-API) and others, to restart their lives. On July 23, 1,000 farmers including Fadimatu, were the beneficiaries of seed crop distribution. Previously, AUN-API provided foodstuff and seeds to more than 4,000 farmers in other impacted regions thanks to donations from USAID.
“Nobody has remembered us like this,” Fadimatu said, referring to AUN-API’s seed distribution in Mayo Bani. “We are very grateful.”
After a conflict that took almost everything that mattered away from her, Fadimatu said that she would plant the maize seeds she received through the distribution and continue to rebuild her life.
To learn more, see the original article in AUNThisWeek by Solomon Elusoji.