HumAngle’s Most-Read Feature Articles Of 2022

We published hundreds of reports this year, but some, more than others, struck a chord with our readers. Here’s your chance to read them again — or for the first time, in case you missed them.

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

The Drug And Sex Lives Of Boko Haram Terrorists

Women abducted during the early years of the Shekau-led Boko Haram insurgency in Borno, northeastern Nigeria, ended up becoming wives of the insurgents. HumAngle spoke to those who recently escaped about an aspect of their abduction that has been under-documented — the sex life of the insurgents.

Drowned Victims, Farm Losses: The Aftermath Of Nigeria’s Giant Floods

Over 600 lives have been lost to this year’s floods in Nigeria. We spoke to some of their families in northeastern and north-central Nigeria.

545 Days (1): A Great Escape From The Heart Of Terror

Humanitarian worker Jummai Inuwa survived 18 months in ISWAP captivity, emerging to tell an incredible story of how she was abducted, her life in captivity and her escape. This is the first part of her story, told exclusively to HumAngle.

As The Desert Stretches, So Does Nigeria’s Farmer-Herder Crisis

How climate change and human-driven activities are contributing to growing violence between farming and pastoralist communities.

Ikeja Bomb Blast: Buried Hopes And Fresh Wounds 20 Years After

Many Nigerians who lost family in the Ikeja Military Cantonment Bomb Blasts of Jan. 2002 are still looking to the government for the support promised to them.

A Walk Through Sex, Drugs, And Despair With Women In Kano

Women – sex workers, divorced women, students – in Kano, northwestern Nigeria, talk about the genesis of their drug addictions.

Some Nigerians Abroad Are Moving Back For Economic Reasons. Is This Reverse Migration?

Even though there has been a significant increase in the number of Nigerians migrating to the global West, some Nigerians who have schooled and lived in the US are returning to the country, largely citing economic factors as the reason.

Terror: A 10-Year-Old’s Journey Into Adulthood With Drug Addiction

When the drugs began to make him violent and terrifying, and his complexion darkened so much that the nickname Yellow lost meaning, the streets renamed him Terror.

Coping With Multiple Identities As An Intersex Person In Wartime Borno

As an intersex person who was a captive of the terror group, Abubakar Sadiq Adam was treated kindly. As one living in Nigeria, he is treated with ridicule.

A Military Officer Locked Up Her Husband, Then Proposed To Marry Her

Between 2014 and 2015 when the Bama Hospital Camp was set up in Borno for people displaced by the insurgency, serious human rights violations, especially sexual abuse, were recorded. Falmata Abubakar is one woman who was continuously victimised by the man who detained her husband.

Keeping Up With The Chibok Girls: Chasing Dreams, Battling Discrimination, Dropping Out

Two hundred and seventy-six girls were kidnapped. Among them, over 100 are still missing. But, also, well over a hundred either escaped or were released by their captors. How are they faring?

Someone Is Stealing Babies From Displaced Mothers In Northeastern Nigeria

Despite funding for the security agencies responsible for protecting them, IDPs in the region remain unsafe even at official camps. Recently, newborn babies have become the targets of a wave of theft.

Life In The Boko Haram Caliphate For An Abducted Woman

What happens when Boko Haram abducts a woman? HumAngle spoke to women who have spent nearly a decade living in the caliphate to get a sense of what it’s like.

Nigeria’s Deradicalisation Programme For Terrorists Has No Place For Women

There are women within the Boko Haram insurgency who have recently deserted but Nigeria’s deradicalisation programme has no place for them.

Maigu: The Niger State Community Where Terrorists Camp, Rape, Launch Deadly Attacks

The terrorists, who would later align with Boko Haram, use Maigu in the Shiroro area of North-central Nigeria as a route for launching attacks on other settlements, and as a rest point where they collect taxes and rape the community’s women.

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