The war against Boko Haram is one of the biggest and most underreported conflicts raging in our world. Around three million displaced people have fled the conflict between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram. These images tell the story of the high human cost and the geopolitical stakes in the battle against Islamic extremism in Africa.
On that Faithful day we were on patrol as our normal routine order we came under a heavy attack that lasted for more than 5 hours. The destruction was complete while we heard two more explosions. I learned later that two other suicide bombers had also been seen and shot.
After the night patrol, we drove out of Maiduguri to where a convoy was leaving for the town of Damboa. It’s difficult for civilians to safely travel through Borno, so they usually queue up for a convoy that is escorted by the military. Boko Haram set most of the buildings it had occupied on fire as they fled, but some outposts survived the flames and had evidence of the insurgents’ markings. Boko Haram teach Muslim extremism in its training camps and is known to oppose Western styles of learning. In March 2015, it publicly declared an affiliation to ISIS, and symbols of that affiliation were visible throughout the town.