Chris de Bode

Yola, Nigeria

Since the start of Boko Haram's insurgency thousands of boys and girls have gone missing across north eastern Nigeria. The Islamist group use the kidnap of children as a strategy in their asymmetric war. Girls, as young as eight, are taken to be married off to fighters or deployed as sex slaves and, increasingly, used to commit suicide attacks.

Naomi (4): ‘I remember where we used to live. That was very scary. They had guns and shot at people. I saw it. They didn’t do anything to me, but they hurt many others. I pretended to play hide and seek. I hid in really dark places because I didn't want them to find me. I ran away with my mum and dad. I walked the entire time, so my feet hurt. I tried to think of fun stuff, like my favourite colour red, the soup I really like or my dream to become a cook. I love food!’

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Chris de Bode
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