“Before the crisis in 2008, I used to be the perfect definition of a Nigerian “big woman”. Although I was a widow, I was doing very well for myself and my children. I had a very big shop were I sold food stuffs.
Suddenly, in 2008, crisis erupted and I lost all I had worked for over the years. I had a big house and I was about to start building another, I also had a very big shop, I lost everything in just one day.
John 3:16 is my favorite bible verse, it’s one of the reasons I’m still breathing, it reminds me of Gods love. Whenever I get moody, I reflect on the verse and smile.”
Rose Yusuf, 55, Jos, Nigeria
In the last 10 years, Plateau state which is in the north-central part of Nigeria has witnessed series of violent conflict.
Prior to this time, the Plateau (as it is fondly called), was one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria with a thriving economy. However, since the 2001 crisis, there seems to exist a fragile peace and a visibly struggling economy.