Falmata Gana, widowed after members of the Islamist sect Boko Haram killed her husband in 2012, walks out of the small room she shares with 11 children. Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria. Photo by Chika Oduah. December 17, 2014
Despite efforts by women’s groups, thousands of Nigerian widows struggle to survive because of Boko Haram’s insurgency.
Maiduguri, Nigeria – For four months and 10 days, Falmata Gana never left her home. She kept her face devoid of makeup and stopped bathing with scented soaps. Her perfumed oils were tucked away, and she did not buy any new clothes.
Her traditional Islamic mourning period of takaba – as it is known in the Hausa language predominantly spoken in northern Nigeria – ended years ago, but Gana is still suffering the loss of her husband.
In 2012, Boko Haram fighters ambushed and shot him dead as he drove home from work one evening. He…
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