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A woman washes dishes in the 'new village' established by IDPs fleeing Boko Haram. Idrisa was the chief of a community of about 5,000 residents in Gwoza. In April 2014 as Boko Haram came closer Idrisa and the village council sought to find a safer place for the villagers. He travelled 350 kilometres to the village where Abuba was head as he had heard that his people would perhaps be welcome. After consultation with its community, Abuba offered a piece of land to Idrisa for his people. However on 3 June 2014 Boko Haram occupied Idrisa's village and held it for two weeks before the Nigerian army liberated them. More than 3,500 people were killed or captured. Ultimately only 1,500 people were able to flee to Abuba's village. <br />
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Abuba: 'It was not a difficult decision to make. If my people shall ever have to flee I also hope to find a safe refuge. Of course, in the beginning it was exciting: how would the two communities live together peacefully. Who do we let into our community? Idrisa's community lives on the outskirts of the village. He leads his community and I mine. I can not imagine that they would be gone. Idrisa and I decide a lot together and talk to each other daily. I want to meet every new resident of his community. Our guests may use our drinking water and agricultural land. My people have helped with the building of the new community. Residents donated rope, wood, poles and household goods to our guests to build huts. We shared our food because many were weakened. Meanwhile, the first marriage already taken place between the two communities.'