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The Nigerian school for orphans of jihadists – and their victims ( theguardian.com )

In a region where social bonds have been fractured by Boko Haram insurgency, the Future Prowess school is an unlikely model of cohesion

Students at Future Prowess primary school
Students at Future Prowess primary school, which welcomes the orphans of Boko Haram, and the children of people killed by the jihadist group Photograph: Patrick Kingsley for the Guardian
They make unlikely classmates. At a small primary school in north-east Nigeria, a group of uniformed orphans are greeting a visitor to their art class.

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By Zannah Mustapha, founder of Future Prowess – OSLO Humanitarian Confrerence on Nigeria And the Lake Chad region 24/2/17

 

 

By Zannah Mustapha, founder of Future Prowess

Today, a conference is being held to look at the humanitarian crisis unfolding in north-eastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. I live this crisis every day. I have seen a thousand orphans who have lost both their mothers and fathers to the conflict fought every day between soldiers and Boko Haram Islamists. The children and victims of the religious crises are suffering in silence, victims of post traumatic stress, with many having watched their parents bring killed just because they were taught in a western school.

 

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