Photograph — Tom Saater

“… Every time I go back [to the region], it’s heartbreaking.”  – Tom Saater on the aftermath of the insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast.

Six years of insurgency in northeastern Nigeria has left nothing but devastation in its wake; a complete ruin of towns and villages, millions of internally displaced persons, diseases and starvation. The devastation is both human and infrastructural, and Nigerian photographer and visual journalist, Tom Saater, is documenting all of it.

Saater, who has been covering the crisis in Nigeria’s northeast since 2011, documenting the stories of its victim, describes the process as “intense and heartbreaking.”

A woman in an IDP camp in Pulka, Borno.
Credit – Tom Saater
A little boy in Pulka, Borno.
Credit – Tom Saater
Somewhere in Pulka, Borno
Credit – Tom Saater
Hadiza knitting a hat in Pulka, Borno.
Credit – Tom Saater
Credit – Tom Saater
12 year old Esther combs her with a fork in a transit camp in Pulka, Borno.
Credit – Tom Saater
Esther …
Esther
Credit – Tom Saater

Saater is a social documentary photographer and emerging documentary filmmaker with a focus on reportage, urban portraits and social, cultural issues. You can follow the progress of the documentary on Tom Saater’s Instagram.

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