A year after her village was levelled by insurgents, Hepsata Adjit returned to make peace with her past
Some water pots and the burnt husks of houses appeared to be all that was left of Hepsata Adjit’s village when she ventured home last month for the first time in a year.
She had made the two-hour journey on foot just for a quick look. Her village of Gashia Midek is on the border between Cameroon and Nigeria, where the risk of attack by Boko Haram remains high, despite gains made over the past year by the countries’ military forces. Adjit, her husband and his brother, who had all walked there together, could not afford to stay long.