How does one begin to console a man who watched his four children killed by bandits? Rabiu Isa did not just lose his four children when bandits attacked Talli Mahuta, a remote village in Maru LGA of Zamfara, his house was also razed while his crops were destroyed, which meant he had to rebuild his life from scratch.
TheCable visited the north-west to document the stories of residents like Isa, who are victims of the years-long violence ravaging the region.
In many villages across Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina, where the banditry has been concentrated, residents recounted how lives and livelihood were destroyed with little help from security operatives.
TheCable also found that Nigeria’s porous border with the Niger Republic was fuelling the attacks as residents recounted how bandits and arms often come through the route.
Below are pictures from the trip.