An elderly woman from a village in Nigeria learns of an amazing coincidence and discovers a whole new family – around the world.
Kaka has lived all of her life in Gashala Migzil, a very impoverished village in north-east Nigeria. In her mid-80s, she was ready for an uneventful twilight of her life. Then Boko Haram happened.
Nigerian insurgents Boko Haram had terrorised villages in the north-east for several years. Thousands died and 2.1 million people were forced from their homes.
As nearby communities were attacked Kaka chose to stay. She is nearly blind and, with no children of her own, was very unlikely to escape. Thankfully, when Boko Haram captured the region, they found only older people and extreme poverty. With no wealth to plunder or recruits for the cause, they left the villagers unharmed.
But it was still a gruelling time. However, by 2015, the Nigerian government started to push Boko Haram back.