1 December 2016
Fediya and her family stayed in Syria as long as they could. The food and other assistance they received from Mercy Corps helped them survive inside the country’s borders, and Fediya’s husband, Feras, even volunteered with the distributions to make sure the same support reached others in their community.
But as war raged on and the bombings moved closer to their home, Fediya and Feras made a hard decision: It was time to flee.
“They came to our place and surrounded us,” Mariam says. “They surrounded the whole village.”
Boko Haram had taken them captive. In an instant, Mariam and her family were hostages in their own home, their village in northeast Nigeria cut off from the outside world. There was no food. There was no water. There was no help.
They were trapped, their sheer survival left to the whims of one of the world’s most savage terror groups.
“We were Boko Haram’s target,” Mariam says.
The drive to Hajia’s village tells the story. Out the window, miles of papery millet fields stretch in yellow blankets to every horizon. Millions of plants shoot out from the sand, thumping in the distance against the windshields of trucks that cut through on dusty curves.
But it is late August, and temperatures today will touch 100 degrees. It is far too early to harvest anything. Every turn through the fields reveals the paradox of life in southern Niger: food as far as you can see, and nothing anyone can eat.
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About Mercy Corps**
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.
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Mercy Corps alleviates poverty, suffering, and oppression and works to build secure, productive, and just communities in over 40 countries around the world. The Treasury Department performs a centralized function for Mercy Corps globally, interacting with all other departmental functions of the Agency in order to provide liquidity to all operations through effective cash management, process improvement and mitigate agency risk..