TY Bello Went All The Way To Borno To Tell The Story Of Nigerian Soldiers And Victims Of Boko Haram


Remember the photographer who turned the life of a bread seller around when she mistakenly walked in on her photoshoot?

TY Bello is back at it again, but this time restoring hope in Nigerians and soliciting compassion for the victims of the Boko Haram insurgents.

Ty Bello visited Borno this month, travelling from her abode to the North-Eastern state where Boko Haram has staged countless terror attacks.

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 risk their lives daily for our peace. I have too much to share. — via Instagram.

Many have doubted the Nigerian army’s ability and seriousness in fighting the Boko Haram extremists. Little is reported about the work of the Nigerian army in the terror-infested Borno.

TY Bello has done a great job of making the voices of internally displaced persons in Borno heard. She also tells the stories of Brave soldiers who give their all for the security of Nigerians regardless of most Nigerians being unaware of their servitude.

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All photos from when TY Bello visited Borno can be found on her Instagram page — @tybello

Some can be seen below:

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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 choose 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

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I’m still a little confused . I was asleep when Bokoram came to our town so I still don’t understand why I’m at the camp– Magama said.