Defiance on the dancefloor: clubbing in the birthplace of Boko Haram

September 27, 2016

In August, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Borno state announced that it had confiscated 20 tonnes of drugs in Maiduguri over two years, a figure exacerbated by the 22 nearby camps for internally displaced people, where drug use is also prevalent.

For this reason, Thierry Laurent-Badin, the director of programmes for humanitarian food aid group Action Contre la Faim, is cautious about proclaiming that the city is back on its feet.

“While Maiduguri seems, on the surface, to be slowly getting back to life, it is important to understand that the city’s population has more than doubled over the past four years,” he said. “The related trauma of displacement will have a long-lasting impact on individuals and communities.” He said much of the population was “extremely vulnerable to exploitation.”