‘He’s Not Boko Haram, He’s My Husband’

For the past three years, Yagana, a resident of Ruwasa community of Bama local council area of Borno State has not been in touch with her husband, Mode Kamsulum who was taken into military custody as Boko Haram suspect.

The mother of six recalled that terrorists had in 2019, raided their community which is 15 kilometres away from Bama town.

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A day after, soldiers invaded the community and arrested people suspected to be accomplices of the Boko Haram insurgency. That was how Kamsulum went missing. Although his family believes he is innocent, not the armed soldiers.

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Not long after her husband’s disappearance, another terror attack forced Yagana and her children out of the community. 

They settled at Bama Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp, in an unbearable hardship that heightened the need for the return of their householder, Kamsulum. “We have no husbands to help us take care of our children,” she said in a podcast by HumAngle.

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She explained that water and food are difficult to get in the camp and there is no comfortable toilet to be used. “Women live in distress, they have to beg, fetch firewood, do the menial jobs in the town to earn a living.”

For Yagana, she hopes her husband will return and take them out of the camp. She was told that her husband was somewhere in Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri.

Whatsoever, Yagana insisted that her husband, Kamsulum is not a terrorist. “He is not Boko Haram, I know him, he’s my husband.”

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