“This could be the best place in the world for stargazing. In the inky Sahel sky, meteors trace silver lines between the constellations. ‘You see our problem? We are linked to the network, but there is no electricity. The little Nigeria produces is not for us. Anyone can come and spread chaos in the dark,’ says Manasseh Allen, coordinator of the Youth Association of Chibok in Borno State. He slides a plate of chicken and rice on the ground, in the obscure courtyard. He said ‘anyone,’ but he has a specific enemy in mind: Boko Haram. The name of the jihadist sect is on everyone’s lips here, in all minds. Its members are in the sambisa forest, very close, too close. It is rumored that they have a relay antenna, they dig tunnels. They say that in their camp, they have a hospital, nurses, mechanics. We talk about boys conscripted, kidnapped girls. They say they drink human blood…

 

‘It’s been four years that we endure it, but it took the kidnapping for the world, and even the rest of Nigeria, to become aware,’ sighs Bulama Mohammed, Adviser to the Governor of Borno. The general feeling is that the federal government has abandoned the North of the country…

 

Reaching the village is difficult. From Maiduguri, capital of Borno, we drive to Damboa, 80 km of tar punctuated by checkpoints, then follows a track towards the southeast. On such a dry land at 47 degrees in May, the cracked ground disappears behind the clouds of dust raised by cars. When it falls, it is a desolate landscape that unfolds over 47 km. Carcasses of burned cars between between baobabs, burnt schools, and the drivers, focused on the craters of the track, throw anxious glances towards the forest. They pray not to burst a tire. Chibok seems to be the last village on this desert road. At its entrance, the girls’ high school is now guarded by the army. Roofs ripped the tiles broken, burnt, the walls tell the horror of the night of April 14th, when 276 schoolgirls were abducted.”

 

- from Claire Meynial’s article (in French) on Le Point

 

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