Fati Abubakar put together a collection of her ‘Bits of Borno’ images in a photo story themed ‘Bruised… not broken’. She is a humanitarian aid worker and photo journalist that hails from Maiduguri. This was inspired by her desire to show the other aspects of war torn areas and not just the destruction and war, but the people and their lives. Some of the points that can be made from this photo story are:
1. African beauty
Through the images, we get to see the beauty of the Nigerian people, and Africa as a whole. Even in the midst of war and destruction, we still have a reason to smile and push forward. The land, the culture and the people are beautiful in their own way.
2. Different views
The other side of war is shown to us, people rebuilding their lands, families reuniting, children going to school, games, laughter, football matches, etc. Aspects of the regular daily life of the Borno people that is hardly ever shown by the media but in fully existent.
3. A cry for help
It is used as a medium to call out to the government to do more for the Borno people. There are so any people who are offering all they have to get their lands and the people back and they need the government to intensify efforts to bring peace back to their communities.
4. Unexamined territories
Their culture and values are preserved as we can see in this photo stories, the different cultures and people. The cultural diversity, the vegetation and the laughter, these are things that should be showcased more often.
5. Sacrifice and determination
We see different stories and experiences of these people who have lived through this and so their determination is commendable. Many of the men are still willing to fight and protect their homes and communities despite having lost so much already to these insurgents.
Image Source: Fati Abubakar