Ramata, 22 years old, fled her village in Nigeria after Boko Haram attacked her family. The Boko Haram came to my neighbourhood and slaughtered my uncle, his wives and his son. They beheaded my uncle in front of my eyes. I am teaching [my sons] that it is wrong to mistreat women.
Ramata fled with her older son, two years old at the time. She was pregnant with her second child. Initially, Ramata found shelter with another woman who put her up in a spare room. She worked in a small restaurant and earned CFA less than a dollar per day.
It was too little money to afford rent and food. I gave birth to my second son in the hut, without any medical help. For many refugees and displaced women who live in the host communities in the Far North Region, access to health care and affording rent are their biggest challenge.
Even before fleeing Boko Haram, life was not easy for Ramata. Her husband was abusive and beat her often. With the money she earned and saved, Ramada started her hair dressing business. But now I have a business and I am saving money. I have lost a lot in my life, but I want my sons to go to school and become successful.
And, I am teaching them that it is wrong to mistreat women. Fanta had fled her village and come to Mora four years ago.
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It was the seventh time that Boko Haram had attacked her village, killed and pilfered, and set homes on fire. We would do all the work during the day and by 3 p. We would dig holes into the ground and put mosquito nets over them to keep the babies warm and safe. In Mora, she tried to build a new life with a new partner and had a child with him.
But then, he started beating her and eventually abandoned her. And slowly, her self-confidence was restored. Her own attitudes about what is expected from girls and women also changed. I tell other women in the community to keep their daughters in school. But now many of us see that every child has value. As more women gain independence and become aware of their rights, they are raising a new generation of children with more equality, potential and dreams.
The social workers visit the husbands to counsel them as well. Bage Jidda spent three years as a hostage of Boko Haram militants. She lived in terror every day. But looking at her today, that is hard to believe. They beheaded my husband right in front of me. The Boko Haram militants then came back for her. They lined up a group of men and then the women would be asked to choose a man to marry. They would give us three chances to make a choice.
Bage escaped Boko Haram when the army raided the house. The army brought her to the Minawao refugee camp in Cameroon, where she was reunited with her other children. I received training in tailoring, and the centre provided me with a tailoring machine.
I hope the UN continues to help so that more women like me can take care of ourselves.
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