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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Most feature stories on abductions end with the victim regaining their freedom. In the style of film directors, writers tend to think that the victim ‘lives happily ever after’. But HumAngle demonstrates in this engaging feature how victims of armed violence, particularly women, grapple with stigmatisation after regaining freedom from captivity.
Susan was abducted by terrorists in Adamawa, Northeast Nigeria, in April 2021. She spent many months in captivity before making an escape. While in captivity, she fantasised about reuniting with her family and friends, and the kind of love and care she would be showered with. It was her happiest day when she finally reunited with her family and some members of her community. To her, being at home with her family members would end her days of sorrow.
But she was wrong.
The first time Hadizatu went into labour with her first child, Umar, her husband, was present. A vehicle had been arranged to take her to the hospital, and when she returned home with her newborn, there was food in abundance, there was Umar, and there were other family members who made her transition into motherhood smooth.
The next time Hadizatu would go into labour with her second child, none of the above support would be readily available. What differentiates these outcomes lies solely in the time of the year Hadizatu’s second child arrived, as Umar had already migrated hundreds of miles away from his family to find work.
Our fifteen most-read feature reports that got published this year cover a wide range of topics, from the Boko Haram insurgency to climate change, substance abuse, sexual violence, the troubles of displacement, and the discrimination of non-binary people in conflict areas.
Our fifteen most-read analysis pieces this year examined the ideologies and tactics of jihadi extremism, what satellite images can teach us about the Boko Haram insurgency and environmental disasters, sexual violence, electoral violence, gun violence, intelligence gathering, and other crucial topics.
The latest and most comprehensive count of missing people in Nigeria’s Northeast says they number at least 25,000. This is according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). HumAngle’s independent data collection exercise across several local government areas in Borno State has also documented thousands of cases. In this episode of Vestiges of Violence, we bring you the voices of the victims’ loved ones – most of them from Bama. They share their sorrows, concerns, fears, and hopes.
Yan Boko Haram ne suka sace Ummi da ‘yan uwanta hudu a lokacin da suke debowa iyayensu itace. Bayan ta shafe kusan shekaru biyar a tsare, ita ce ’yar uwa daya tilo da ta tsira daga wannan mawuyacin hali.
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