The Separated: Fleeing Boko Haram

Tens of thousands of people in the Lake Chad region have been separated from their families while fleeing Boko Haram attacks, most of whom were originally from Nigeria's Borno State. Many of those displaced have no way of knowing whether their family members are alive months or even years after an attack, while others were forced to watch as children, parents or community members were executed by militants.

Some of the displaced are beginning to reunite after the liberation of towns and villages, but it is nearly impossible to connect a husband and wife or a brother and sister who may currently be in separate countries. The only connections for those displaced are their villages, many of which were destroyed by militants.