“We have to tell the world what is happening in Borno.” Fati Abubakar is a photojournalist who sheds light on social issues like health, conflict and cultural diversity through her photography. Her project ‘Bits of Borno’ is a story of survival in Borno even after the ravages of insurgency and Boko Haram terrorism. The project is an expository documentation and has been featured by various media houses including the New York Times, VOA and CNN. Abubakar shows a different view of Borno from the usual images of war and hunger with which outsiders are usually inundated. Life goes on in Borno, everyday activities and pleasures still happen and the people of Borno remain strong and resilient despite the horrors of dealing with Boko Haram. From little girls in a casual fashion shoot to the joys of ceremonies and parties, Abubakar shows that many aspects of life in Borno are still common place and people still smile, laugh and celebrate life. Fati Abubakar has been commissioned for projects by organisations like UNICEF and International Alert and has plans to collate her visual stories in a book.
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