A family in flightCatechist Joseph Inuwa of Madagali in Adamawa state became a wandering man on 23rd August 2014, when Boko Haram fighters dislodged him and several other residents, and annexed the town to form part of their ‘caliphate’.His life had been stable and he had a church, a growing congregation, and a large family before the attack.Along with other families, Inuwa fled to Cameroon with his wife and 11 children.“We settled in Amagbas and Amakshe in Cameroon. The people there received us," he said. The Catechist who now lives in an uncompleted building in Jimeta, Adamawa state with his family, he said in Hausa. “We were staying there. They gave us food and drink.”Even with the hospitality in their new home life wasn’t easy. Things were expensive. A tablet of pain killer like Paracetamol was sold for twenty naira, and body lotion that would ordinarily go for fifty naira, was sold for a hundred and fifty. As he talked about their experience, waving his copy of the Bible like a practiced preacher, members of his family threw in one or two words to paint a vivid picture of their lives in Cameroon.
Boko Haram: Refugees in endless flight
This article was written before the recent successes of the Multinational Joint Task Force in the North East.
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