Photographer and Musician TY Bello went on a 6-day trip to Borno State and she was opportuned to spend time with those at the IDP camps there.
She shared some of their stories on Instagram and they are really,really touching
Here’s how she captioned one of the the photos she shared:
Soldier X:While I made portraits of our wounded soldiers at the military hospital in Maiduguri, one of the soldiers made a statement that I haven’t been able to shake off, “ one way you know a soldier has been hit is that they suddenly start shouting out names of family members.”This statement kept playing over and again in my mind, especially when I got the most colourful welcome from my family, barely a week away on this journey.Many soldiers, play this long overdue welcome party in their heads daily, and the sad thing is that for some, it may never happen.
I had long conversations with soldiers about how they got wounded in battle.They told me how grateful they were to be alive, some of their colleagues weren’t as lucky.
I also got to speak with medical personnel, on the uniqueness of their work in a war against terror.
I’ll share all their stories here and start by introducing Soldier X, who I never met, but made a photograph of his Xray .An anti aircraft bullet, big and strong enough to tear through the titanium body of an airplane, was lodged in his throat, and for some reason, it didn’t blow his head off, this soldier lived through his surgery and got to take the removed bullet home as a reminder. This is a wicked wicked war!Why would anyone chose weapons made to attack war planes and use it on a fellow human … At close range ..Even in war there should be rules .
Lieutenant Ologodo told me something really important, that if you don’t believe in God, working here will make a convert out of you, the frequency of witnessing the darkest of evil deeds, along side what can only be miraculous, will open your heart somehow.This is such a brutally wicked war !#tybellophotography #portrait #unknown soldier #Nigerianarmy #bokoharam #woundedsoldier #borno #war #waronterror
She also shared more photos and videos of her time so far in Borno. Here are some of them:
I spent the last six days doing a portrait tour of Borno state . Seeing for myself the unparalleled destruction Boko haram terrorists have brought on our nation and its people. I got to hear their stories firsthand and I also got to spend some time with our soldiers and volunteers who who risk their lives daily for our peace. I have too much to share.
A video posted by TY Bello (@tybello) on
For more on their stories, visit TY Bello’s Instagram page.
Photo Credit: Instagram/TY Bello