The war in the NorthEast came upon us like a thief in the night, brought by heartless, godless infidels.
As scary as it has been for Nigerians in other parts of the country, the terror and trauma for those who call Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa home is simply unimaginable.
In 2015 I started a series of 4 books that try to capture the war and its effects on different classes of victims.
NANA, a schoolgirl from Chibok, kidnapped by Bokoharam.
EJIOFOR, a sales boy from Aba, transporting building materials to the NorthEast.
SADE, a soldier from Lagos posted to Bama, straight out of the Nigeria Defence Academy.
And HAKEEM, a young boy kidnapped from Yobe state by Bokoharam and forced to join their ranks.
My intention was to try to humanize the ordeal that millions of our compatriots face daily and bring the brutal reality of it to those of us who are far removed from the sights and sounds of improvised bombs and human bodies, senselessly ripped apart.
My hope was that with more attention perhaps more help would come, genuine help that brings an end to the conflict instead of commercializing it.
Life got in the way and 6yrs later I have only finished 2 of the books.
Nana and Ejiofor
I'm offering them here for free download.
They are a gift to everyone who has been affected, directly or indirectly, by conflict anywhere in Nigeria, but especially those in the NorthEast, who have suffered longest. Hate will lose and Love will win.
They are also a warning to those of us who may feel immune and detached:
The leaky tap that floods the bathroom will eventually flood the whole house if left unattended.
Thank you, and I hope you enjoy them.
David Abdulrazak Atta