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Boko Haram Refugees This photojournalist tells story of how to make the best of bad situation

Rather than just focusing on the negative effect of Boko Haram, Nelly Ating celebrates and tells stories of the survivors via photography.

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While the world focused on the negative effect of Boko Haram in the northeast. Nelly Ating focuses on celebrating the survivors.

Ating was "more compelled to show and tell the virtues of Resilience and the collectivist African culture in full display by the refugees. They made the best out of their sad situation. "

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Nelly Ating is the communications & public relations specialist features writer in America University of Niigeria (AUN) and has gotten her articles featured in major national newspapers and online publications, and scores more for the University’s internal news organs.

Ating, who practices peace journalism, shares insight into the lives of the survivors of insurgency through photography.

"Boko Haram may fade, but history must be told and the faces of the survivors must be celebrated," Ating says.

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When Boko Haram insurgency escalated in 2014, women and children were the most affected with the highest population at the internally displaced persons camp in Adamawa State, Nigeria. With an already congested camp and more children trooping in, this gave rise to an increasing number of out-of-school children in the Northeast.

"Since schools were major targets for the terrorist sects who have vowed against Western education. More child feared education and their communities were seized by the insurgents."

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Since then, Ating was determined to bring awareness to the plights of the refugees through posting and writing about it on social media. In the course of documenting lives of the survivor of the insurgency, "I found meaning to empathy; after witnessing the cry of children who deserved education rendered hopeless, same with the women and men who deserved to live freely but now in a concentration camp."

Most of those images were recently taken at Malkohi IDP camp in Yola.  While some are old images of the first set of refugees from the neighboring local governments in Adamawa State, now recaptured by the Nigerian military.

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These images document the struggles and resilience of the refugees despite sufferings and pain in a refugee camp. A true indication that there is dignity in humanity.

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