Zainabu Hamayaji: The Mother Who Pretended to Be Crazy to Save Her Children

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Zainabu Hamayaji went to extraordinary lengths to protect her 10 children from being abducted by Boko Haram.

“I decided to strip off all my clothes and march around town naked, to look like a madwoman,” she says. “I unbraided my hair and smeared urine and feces in my hair and on my body. There were flies hovering everywhere around me. And I would roll around in trash heaps so that Boko Haram would think I was mentally unstable.”