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NIGERIAN CALAMITY

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    A Lagosian enters a mosque during ongoing power outages in the Yaba neighborhood. Due to fluctuating currency prices, and economic problems, petrol shortages are being experienced throughout the country as well as severe power outages.
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    A man watches the street from his terrace in Lagos. It is often cooler outside because their is often no electricity to run air conditioning or fans.
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    A young boy sells food at a gas line during a storm on the outskirts of the capital, Abuja. Nigeria is one of the world top oil producing nations.
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    A shoppers at Yuje market, on the outskirts of Abuja. In October, 2015, the market was hit by a Boko Haram suicide bomber at the same time as another bomber struck a nearby police station, killing at least eighteen people.
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    "Wheelbarrow boys", a vital part of West African economies, set up for the day's work at Wuse Market.
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    Civilian JTF, an unpaid vigiliante force, protect their neighborhood against Boko Haram incursions. Today, there are approximatly 25,000 of these militia members enlisted in the fight against Boko Haram across Nigeria.
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    Children play at a playground provided by UNICEF at the Dalori Internally Displaced Persons Camp on the outskirts of Maiduguri. The camp hosts almost 30,000 people, some of the estimated 1.9 million people who have been displaced in fighting between Boko Haram and the military.
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    A woman and her fifteen month old daughter. She is from Bama, and was raped by a Boko Haram fighter, to whom she had a baby. Since returning to her community members in a displaced persons camp she has been ostracized.
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    Children work as laborers chopping wood and moving large pieces of fire wood closer to the fires that are used to cook rice at Dalori Internally Displaced Peoples Camp.
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    Men during an Islamic naming ceremony celebrating the birth of a new child at Dalori Internally Displaced Peoples Camp.
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    Children play at the Internally Displaced Persons Camp.
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    Camp residents are given shovel loads of rice provided by emergency food programmes.
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    In Lagos, where there is less threat from the Boko Haram insurgency, a middle class is emerging in Nigerian society. Here, a woman takes a photo of her friend in the candy aisle at Shop Rite supermarket.
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    The Yaba District in Lagos is hosts to low, middle and high portions of society.
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    During ongoing power outages, a woman has her hair done by Kedira Salami, 25.
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    Children with jerry cans wait in a fuel queue at a petrol station in Lagos. Despite being one of the top oil producing nations, petrol shortages are being experienced throughout the country at the same time as severe power and water outages.
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    A customer fights with gas station employees after a six hour wait for gasoline.
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    A girl naps during a power outage in the afternoon in Yaba, a neighborhood of Lagos, Nigeria.
Nigerian Calamity

Nigeria’s recent history is one of endemic problems. Ongoing fighting between the military and Boko Haram, an Islamic insurgency, in the country’s north has displaced over 2,000,000 people. And down south, power and water outages plague cities and towns. One of the top oil producing countries, Nigeria experiences daily petrol shortages resulting in up to twelve-hour lines to fill a tank. Nigerians are not complacent about the situation though—in the face of major challenges, people demand change and their fight for a brighter future shows no sign of abating.

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