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    After six years, three siblings find their way home

    Kaltum Suleiman is 16, has been displaced by conflict twice and wants to become a doctor.

    “Or any job that serves people,” she says. “I want to help other people.”

    Together with her younger brother and sister, Kaltum has just been reunified with relatives in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria – after years of separation due to conflict.

    “Armed fighters entered our village and there was shooting everywhere,” she recalls. “Everyone was leaving town and we were running, then we were separated with my family – until now.”

    Kaltum Suleiman after reunified with relatives in Maiduguri.

    At first, Kaltum and her siblings were displaced along with their mother. They fled across the border into Chad. There, a second attack separated the siblings from their mother. Kaltum has been caring for them ever since.

    Despite all the challenges of a long and dangerous journey, Kaltum kept the three siblings together and helped them make their way to Monguno, a city in northeast Nigeria, where they met Nigerian Red Cross volunteers.

    “We were taken to a phone call service desk and someone told us that there is a place that helps reunite separated families, so I reported our case,” Kaltum says.

    “I was happy I was linked to them, as today I am happy to be reunited with my family.”

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