The renowned Nigerian singer and photographer who recently ‘discovered’ Orisaguna Jumoke aka “Jumoke Onibread”, who went on to stop the world with her its-a-miracle story, has achieved yet another feat.
She recently visited Borno, a state in northeastern Nigeria which has been extensively destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents. Since 2009, thousands of Nigerians have been killed and tens of thousands displaced by the radical insurgents. TY Bello, through several posts on her Instagram page, described her experience.
Bello said: “I spent the last 6 days doing a portrait tour of Borno State. Seeing for myself the unparalleled destruction Boko Haram terrorists have brought on our nation and its people”
Describing her experience, she wrote: “I got to hear their stories firtshand and I also got to spend some time with our soldiers and volunteers who risk their lives daily for our peace.”
In an excitement mood, obviously, she said “I have too much to share.”
My name is Hafsat Mohammed .Boko Haram Terrorists came to our town .. They killed my brothers and sisters . I now live here at the camp and go to school. I am in primary 2. When I close my eyes I imagine a tomorrow Where I'm a doctor and I'm helping other people . #tybellophotography #portrait #borno #nigeria #hope #dreams #internallydisplacedpersons
I woke up at 3am and for some reason I started to stare at one of my sons .I changed my angle a little and in the dark ,it seemed his face had morphed into that of little Ba'aye ,the first girl I photographed at one of the camps .I don't know if it's because Ive found it difficult to get good sleep since I started making these images or simply because they both have rounded foreheads but It's amazing how children look alike . But then it came to me .. That look on her face .. I'd never seen on anyone her age ..this little girl had seen things she shouldn't have !! Visions of her kept me awake ..she just stared harder and harder at that corner . When asked if she remembered anything about how she left her home in Bama she strongly affirmed .."I don't want to go back home ". When asked why , she replied .."It's not a good place".No matter how different children's personalities are.. They really are just big babies .. the 2 to 4year old living through this crisis isn't blessed with 'special 'powers to 'handle it'. I tried to put my sons in the context of everything that has happened in Borno and it became even clearer to me how broken and terrified she and countless others must be . Children are children and War is Wrong.Whats more wrong is having a narrative about the situation that leaves them out …We must remember the children .They need us to . #tybellophotography #portrait #internallydisplacedpersons #Nigeria
Efforts are ongoing by the Nigerian government and the international community to return the IDPs back to their homes. One is only hopeful that this is done within the shortest possible time.
Thumbs up for the legendary TY Bello for helping to tell the story of these amazing “children of war”.
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