FHI 360 Nigeria is eager to hear your stories of resilience. Every person, no matter the background, has a story to tell, a story which defines their resilience. We request you to fill out the below form and submit your resilient story along with a few photos of yourself and your environment.
A round trip to Abuja to present your story to a larger development and humanitarian community
Your stories will be featured on insidenigeria.org, social media, and at the 'Building Resilient Communities in Changing Times' event
Deadline for story/photo
July 10th, 2017
FHI 360 Nigeria is eager to hear your stories of resilience. Every person, no matter the background, has a story to tell, a story which defines their resilience. We request you to fill out the below form and submit your resilient story along with a few photos of yourself and your environment.
A round trip to Abuja to present your story to a larger development and humanitarian community
Your stories will be featured on insidenigeria.org, social media, and at the 'Building Resilient Communities in Changing Times' event
Deadline for story/photo
July 10th, 2017

Questions for Resilient Nigeria
Story/Photo Competition:

Your Name:
Phone number:
Email Address:
Define Resilience in your own words:
Tell us about an instant when you were resilient. What challenge did you face and how did you overcome it by being resilient?
How did you feel after your act of resilience?
What messages do you want to give others about resilience?
Tell us about your ideal dream to build a resilient Nigeria
Please submit Three photos. One of yourself and two of your work and environment
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Resilient Story:

This story of resilience is about a 20-year-old gender-based-violence (GBV) survivor (identity not disclosed for her protection) from Mallam Maja in Dikwa Local Government area. On this fateful night, she was abducted by insurgents and separated from her family. In the days following this incident, she was raped repeatedly by the insurgents which eventually led her to pregnancy. Her life darkened with fear, agony and constant tears.


During the days of her abduction, she often felt like taking her life due to the psychological trauma. She made a few attempts to escape but was unsuccessful. Then came that fateful day when the military came for operations. The insurgent group instructed her and the other abducted people to run towards the opposite direction from the sound of gunshots. After running for a while she fell to the ground and everyone left her behind. This was how she got rescued by the military.

On her return to Dikwa, she realized that her family had taken refuge in one of the Internally Displaced Camps (IDP), known as “Sangaya camp”, but due to the social stigma which exists around the issue of forceful abduction, rape and resultant pregnancy, she struggled with the feelings of rejection, isolation and depression. She had a hard time coping with the pregnancy till the time of her delivery. This rejection from her community added to the psychological trauma. She had moments when she had contemplated suicide and lost the will to go on. However, during the gender based violence (GBV) awareness campaign organized by FHI 360 humanitarian response GBV protection team, the survivor was identified and referred to the Safe Space for case management. After two weeks of psychosocial and emotional support she found new strength and began the tough journey of rebuilding her self-esteem and finding the will to go on. With her re-invigorated resilient spirit, she has now developed positive coping mechanisms. The survivor exclaimed to FHI 360 Protection team “I never knew I still had it in me to smile and face the world with boldness. I feel loved, accepted and cared for”.


She now feels resilient, active, motivated and full of energy for her day to day life and have even gotten involved in livelihood activities. In her own words, she said, “FHI 360 is doing well, and I am extremely satisfied with services I received from the protection team”.


With support from Office of United States Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), FHI 360 GBV Protection team continues to undertake awareness creation campaigns for internally displaced persons in various camps in Dikwa LGA. These campaigns help people who are displaced by violence and those who are facing domestic and/or gender based violence to access services on coping mechanism. After the campaigns, identified survivors are referred to FHI 360 established safe spaces, where they survivors are supported to develop resilience and build up internal and external coping mechanisms.