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Baga refugee looks forward to being reunited with family following victory of Nigerian soldiers

by Dare Lawal

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has shared the story of a 34 year old Nigerian man, Thomas, from one of the recently liberated Borno towns – Baga – who fled the town to Waru, an outskirt community in Abuja following the terrible Boko Haram attack on Baga in January.

The Boko Haram attack had hit Thomas very hard as he not only lost contact with family members but also lost friends who were killed during the terrorists’ onslaught.

But last week, as he confirmed the news of the victory of Nigerian soldiers who reclaimed his town from the hands of the insurgents, his joy knew no bounds. He disclosed that he actually thought that victory for the soldiers would be an impossible task.

“We are really happy with what has been happening over there at Baga, i called my uncle and he said the military have won,” he said.

Even though he still has no idea about the whereabouts of his family members, he was certain that once they learn about the reclaiming of Baga, they will return home.

He said: “Several of my family members, I don’t know where they are now and I cannot reach them, but I know that if they hear that Baga is safe they will try and return there.”

He prayed that Baga never again suffer the same fate.

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