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12/28/2016

“Fun Day” for children at Dalori camp for people who have been displaced because of the Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria.

 “Fun Day” for children at Dalori camp for people who have been displaced because of the Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria.

Just for a moment, Maimune can forget about her problems. Celebrating the start of the holiday season, it’s “Fun Day” for children at Dalori camp for people who have been displaced because of the Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria. It’s a day to play silly games and to make music with other children, to laugh and – just to be children.
At only 12 years old, Maimune – and this is not her real name – already knows tragedy. She is one of thousands of girls who have been held captive by Boko Haram, and she does not speak about what happened to her while she was held by them. She and her little brother were held by the group for a year and a half.
One night, Maimune found an opportunity to escape. Her brother was not with her and she was faced with an agonizing decision. She had to leave without him, she decided. And there is not a day that goes by that she doesn’t worry about what has happened to him.
She was fortunate to find her mother at Dalori camp in the town of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, which is the worst-affected by the violence. “I was so relieved to see her, we both cried and hugged each other”, Maimune recalls, “But still, I am always thinking of my little brother”.
“We hear so many stories like this”, says UNICEF volunteer coordinator Hauwa Magaji, “It is heartbreaking every time you hear them”.
Hauwa and her team have organized this holiday party at the camp so the children have something to celebrate at the start of the holiday season. Races where children balance bottles of water on their heads, skip or fill buckets; children playing drums and making noise: for a while, it is just a children’s party and the laughing and noise make it seem normal.
“You might see just children playing, but it’s so much more than that”, says Hauwa, “It’s really important that we organize these kinds of events, where children are able to express themselves. For a while, they are not thinking about the bad things that have happened and it helps to reduce their stress.”
Maimune especially loved the drums. “I enjoyed every bit of today and it was exciting! I loved beating the drum”. For Hauwa and her UNICEF colleagues, it was also a great way to start the holiday season. “I love it to see a smile on the children’s faces”, she says, “It encourages me in my work for them”.

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