Authorities in volatile northeastern Nigeria have been encouraging thousands of people displaced by jihadist violence to return home, even as bloody attacks persist.
On September 27, hundreds of people came back to Baga, a fishing town on the shores of Lake Chad in Borno state, six years after it was seized by Boko Haram.
Their return came shortly after the convoy of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum was ambushed by the IS-linked Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) while he was making an assessment of the area. Thirty security personnel and civilians were killed.
Jihadists have seized swathes of territory in Borno, Boko Haram’s birthplace, forcing some two million to flee their homes.
Most of the displaced have moved into squalid camps in the regional capital, Maiduguri, relying on food handouts from international charities.
Like many officials before him, Zulum has insisted that the displaced “must return” to rebuild their homes