Every day, HumAngle’s journalists and researchers gather, sort through, and file stories on issues important to society. We bring you stories about development, conflict, and humanitarian trends across Africa in hopes that we can improve understanding of the most pressing problems and improve people’s quality of life.
In this roundup, staff writer Umar Aminu Yandaki shares some of the most important pieces of reporting we published last week — in case you missed them.
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One hundred and twelve schoolchildren and eight teachers were abducted by a terror group at the Federal Government College (FGC) Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State, last year. Even though many of them have been released, 11 schoolgirls are still in captivity. Using accounts from parents, people who were released, and a girl still held by the abductors, HumAngle reconstructs the horror of what is happening to the remaining captives in the forest.
Last week, HumAngle published the first part of a three-part series of photo essays on the lasting effects of the 2022 Nigeria floods on people in different parts of the country. The first part detailed the effects of the floods on schooling, livelihoods, and food security across communities in Jigawa, Northwest Nigeria. This second part documents the plight of victims who were separated from their families or have lost their homes and livelihoods across communities in Bauchi State, Northeast Nigeria.
This is the third and last part of the photo essay series. HumAngle visited Niger State, North-central Nigeria, where travellers were stranded and farmers turned to fishing because of this year’s unprecedented floods.
Aisha Safaudeen*, a student of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) in Nigeria’s southeast, would have probably stayed at home if she had known the road wasn’t safe. Seeing her off from Kogi State on Oct. 24, her relatives wished her a safe journey. But she didn’t get to her destination safely. Her vehicle ran into kidnappers on the road. They took all the helpless passengers, including Aisha, into custody.
Bayelsa sits on the confluence of rivers in the South-south region of Nigeria, and it is said to be one of the worst impacted states by the recent flooding disaster in the country. Communities, especially those located along the banks of rivers, were destroyed, with many lives lost in various parts. On Nov. 7, the Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency (BYSEMA) said that at least 1.3 million people were affected by the recent flooding. While 96 deaths were recorded, about 1.2 million people were displaced.
If it were not for the insurgency, Aja Kaye would likely have all his toes intact. His brother, Ali Mallam, would be alive. His two wives and 16 children would be with him, and not the terrorists in an area beyond his reach. But the insurgency happened — is still happening — and Aja’s little toe, sibling, and family are all gone.
In June 2021, a group of terrorists attacked Federal Government College (FGC) Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State, and kidnapped scores of people. HumAngle compiles a timeline of significant events surrounding the abduction: from the early warning signals before the attack to the most recent birth by one of the schoolgirls still in captivity.
The deeply ingrained prevalence of conspiracies in northeastern Nigeria continues to undermine the perception of humanitarian organisations and the safety of aid workers. The dangers of this were exposed this week when a soldier went on a sudden rampage, shooting at a UN-operated helicopter. According to a source familiar with the incident, the soldier had previously spoken against the role of aid organisations in the region’s protracted conflict.
Yeri Kambari, 40, disappeared in 2014 after he was arrested by members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Nigeria’s wartorn northeastern region. He had not joined the terror group, Boko Haram. There’s nothing indicating he had harmed anyone. He had simply gone to farm and had been a victim of circumstances. Ya Kodo Alli, his elder sister, remembers the events as if they happened more recently.
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