Hannatu (41) fled Borno at the end of 2014, with her children, when insurgents attacked her village. The militants went from door to door, picking up young boys and girls. Many others were killed.
Hannutu: 'I am a widow since 2009. Since my husband died I take care of the family income. I had a small restaurant in Maiduguri. I had only one goal when my village was under attack, to keep the children safe. I literally threw them out of the window and we ran. We kept running until we were out of reach of the insurgents. I carried the youngest the entire time. It is a miracle we all survived. My landlord provided a portion of her land and the means to start this shop. She supported me until I could take care of myself. I can be independent again and that is the greatest gift anyone could give me.'
Landlord Miriam (left): 'Hannatu is a fighter. She wanted to take care of her family on her own. I only helped her to open this shop. Mothers help each other. I go to her shop as often as I can and I encourage other people in the community to do the same. I also provided land for the borehole. I wasn't doing anything with the land and now it benefits everybody.'