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‘My brother beheaded our parents for warning against B’Haram’

Falmata Goni, 30, a mother of 5 witnessed how her younger brother led a gang of insurgents to kill their parents for refusing the group’s ideology.

Falmata explained that Bakura (her younger brother) killed their parents at Gulunmba village near Bama town, and later took her to Sambisa forest because he claimed to have inexplicable affection for her.

Daily Trust gathered that Falmata escaped from her captors to Konduga after several months with insurgents in Sambisa.

Recalling her experience during a community dialogue session sponsored by UNICEF and jointly implemented by International Alert and Herwa Community Development Initiative in Maiduguri, she said, “I was traumatised by my own blood brother who brought his gang to kill our parents in my presence after they had warned him to desist from his mission. They beheaded my father and mother. Now I don’t have anyone, my husband and children have been missing for three years now.”

She said before she was forcefully taken to Sambisa, her husband and two children had been missing after an attack on their village. “So, I don’t even know exactly where they are.”

The Programme Officer Herwa CDI, Bulama Kadai, appealed to all who were victims to embrace peace as the only solution to the conflict.

She said their challenge now was to support Falmata especially for livelihood and material assistance.

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