Conflict & Justice

Watch: Food's running out in Nigeria's refugee settlements

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Skyler Reid, Erin Conway-Smith

Editor's note: This article is part of a GlobalPost in-depth series on Boko Haram. See also Boko Haram: 'They burned our houses, they burned our food'; It takes 'boko' to fight Boko Haram; and These are the real victims of Boko Haram.

YOLA, Nigeria — In northern Nigeria, Boko Haram insurgents forced 1.5 million people from their lands and their livelihoods.

Nearly 5,000 of the survivors have been given land to farm in Bole village, in Yola, with assistance from the local Adamawa Peace Initiative. But that's a drop in the bucket compared to the need: some 300,000 are estimated to have sought refuge in Yola alone.

"We thought we had it solved with 5,000, but then many many many thousands more began coming," says Margee Ensign, president of the American University of Nigeria.

"It's unlikely we can continue to feed people for another year."

In Bole, those who now have some land to work are doing their best to get by.

"Food is everything," says Lediya Ujulu, who's maintaining a plot here. "If there's food, there's life."

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