Nigerians Displaced by Boko Haram: Rahima Gambo Takes Over the Open Society Foundations Instagram Account
After her 2014 Magnum Foundation Fellowship this summer documenting LGBT Nigerians seeking Asylum in the New York, Rahima Gambo has returned to Nigeria to pursue social justice projects on the ground in her home country. This week, Rahima is taking over the Open Society Foundations Instagram account with work from her current project about the mounting impact of Boko Haram in Northeastern Nigeria.
Rahima is contextualizing her posted photos with compelling and insightful captions. Be sure to follow along through December 7 on the @opensocietyfoundations feed and stay turned for more on Rahima’s process in our next Notes from the Field post.
Hello all, my name is Rahima Gambo ( @rahimagambo ) I am Nigerian documentary photographer based in Abuja, Nigeria. I look forward to sharing photographs about the domestic impact of Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group, in North eastern Nigeria on @opensocietyfoundations instagram feed this week. I’ll be posting photographs on internally displaced people in Yola, Adamawa state, my home state, where Boko Haram has been steadily gaining territory despite military efforts. Yola has always been the unchanging destination I spent lazy summer holidays during my childhood. Currently, things are tense in Yola due to the steady influx of displaced people fleeing from Boko Haram. The UN has said that over 1.5M people have been displaced by the insurgency. Boko Haram have killed thousands in the north east region since they began military operations 2009. Over the last couple of months the killings have reached a peak. Refugees are seeking safety not only in government run camps, but also in uncompleted buildings, shanti settlements and with host families. This photograph shows drawings on a wall in a former National Youth Service Camp that was turned into an IDP camp in Damare, Adamawa state. The Nigerian Red Cross estimates about 11,000 refugees living in the camp. #osf #opensociety #humanrights #documentary #photojournalism #bokoharam #Nigeria
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“We journeyed here from Gwoza, my husband abandoned us because of fear. We came here by foot. We don’t know where he is.” Nan Ladi, 22. In August Boko Haram took over Gwoza, a town in northern Adamawa declaring it an Islamic caliphate. Information about the military operations in Gwoza have been murky. Though refugees from Gwoza tell tales of mass killings and walking miles through the bush and mountains to find safety. Photo by @rahimagambo #osf#opensociety #humanrights #documentary #photojournalism #bokoharam #Nigeria
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