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Boko Haram victim in search of his wife and seven children

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A 40 year old identified as Matthew Zira, (pictured above)
says he’s searching for his wife and seven children after
members of Boko haram invaded their village in Michika
LGA of Adamawa state on September 7th. A distraught
Matthew narrated his ordeal to The Nation. Read what he
said below..
My name is Matthew Zira. I am from Vi village in
Minchika Local Government Area, Adamawa State. I
was living comfortably with my family until that fateful
Friday. Before that day, there had been rumours that
Boko Haram would attack the village, but no one
knew when they would come. So on that day, as
usual, I went out of the house to look for my daily
bread. I ride commercial motorcycle in the village, I
am also a farmer, and did the commercial motorcycle
work when farm work was over.
So, I left home as early as 6 am on the 7th of
September 2014 on my motorcycle to commence the
business of the day. But at about noon, I started
hearing gunshots and everyone said Boko Haram had
arrived town. I immediately rushed back home to go
and evacuate my family, but before I got home, they
had fled along with other villagers to an unknown
destination. I went round town looking for them but
could not find them. I went to the police station,
hospitals and everywhere but could not find them.
Before the evening of that day, Boko Haram had
already taken over the entire village completely. I was
advised not to go back home because all the houses
in the village had been razed by Boko Haram. I fled to
Minchika to continue the search for my children.
Later, we had to flee to Yola when we heard that Boko
Haram would attack Minchika. I spent one month in
Yola searching everywhere for my children but I could
not find them. Those of us who escaped from Vi
village and other surrounding villages were camped at
the NYSC camp in Yola. I thought of meeting my
children there in the camp but they were not there. I
had to come to Jos because I was told that thousands
of Adamawa people ran to Jos. But I have searched
all the IDP camps in Jos since the 5th of November
when I arrived, I can’t still find them. There is even no
iota of information about where I could find them.
“Others who lost their families during the rush to
escape have found their people, but in my own case,
I’m still searching in vain. It is only God that will
reveal to me what happened to my family. So, I am
only looking up to God now because I have done all
that is humanly possible. I am really in trauma; at
night I can’t sleep, I keep thinking of my children. At
times, if I am eating and the thought of the
whereabouts of my children came to my mind, I will
not be able to eat any longer, from that moment I will
lose appetite. I am pleading with any Nigerian who
knows where I can locate my children to contact me
on my phone – 07037728905. My wife’s name is
Tinana Mathew. My seven children are Rita, Ziramatu,
Tumbamatu, Kwata, Racheal and one-yearold Doris.
Please, I am eagerly waiting for any information on
their whereabouts.” he said.

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