Nigerian trade hub a ghost town after Boko Haram rule

A picture taken on December 8, 2016 in Bama, northeast Nigeria shows one the buildings destoyed by Boko HaramThe houses are burnt-out shells, and charred cars and petrol pumps line the roads in the once-bustling Nigerian trade hub of Bama before it was razed by Boko Haram jihadists. As the second biggest town in northern Borno State, Bama was home to some 270,000 residents and a major trading post on the road to Cameroon. “Bama is no more,” said teacher Mustapha Mallam, who like tens of thousands of others, lost everything when he had to flee his home when Boko Haram took over in September 2014.

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