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Ladi was only home because it was a school holiday. She never made it back to school. She was abducted by Boko Haram extremists and forced to marry a Boko Haram soldier.
“I became pregnant and gave birth to my son, Emmanuel,” she recalls. “I decided that it was time for me to escape. One night, I took to my heels and kept running.”
Ladi now lives in a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) where she has been accepted by some but mocked by others because of her ordeal.
Ladi painted her self-portrait at an art-therapy workshop run by Open Doors partners in Nigeria.
“Before I could not hold a pen and do anything, but now, through this art project I have learnt how to draw.
“I drew myself and when I looked at it this morning, I saw how beautiful I am...
“Today I am filled with joy as I have learnt a lot and have seen a lot of changes in my life. I am very grateful, and I want to thank my brothers and sisters all over the world for the support that they have sent so that we have been able to have this programme.”