In 2014, Furaira and her family fled their home in Gwoza, Borno State to Girei, Adamawa State in search of greener pastures but it didn’t favour them.
She recalled a day they left home — on a Friday when they were hinted that Boko Haram insurgents would strike. They would seek safety in a nearby bush and return home later when the terror elements did not show up.
But that marks the beginning of her ordeals. “We heard that they will come again. We kept moving until we found ourselves in Madagali in Adamawa State,” she said in an HumAngle podcast. “We heard that they reached Adamawa and we ran again. We spent three days before we got to Girei”.
While in Gerei, her husband borrowed a motorcycle from residents for commercial purposes and used the money in feeding the family. But he later decided to leave for another job after he realised he was not bringing enough to the table. To do this, he left Furaira and her children behind.
Furaira explained that it has been seven years since her husband left and never sent any support to his family. He is still missing and there is no hint about his whereabouts.
“He left us and we never saw him again,” she mumbled. “I am the one to look for what to feed the children. I sometimes even go to the farm to work and make N400 to N500 a day. I also make and sell caps. The money I get from it is never enough.”
Fureira said the materials she used to make caps are now too expensive, and she most times run at loss.