Magdalene, a 12 year old girl from Taraba State lost her dad, three uncles, friends, freedom and the place she called home. Insurgent attacks on her village forced her to leave everything a child holds dear. The attacks that rocked her once serene home claimed the lives of many rendering Magdalene, her mother and 5 sibling refugees in their own land. Forced to embark on an arduous journey, they went wherever their feet would take them seeking peace and respite where they could begin a new life.
In January 2018, they were taken into the IDP (Internally Displaced Person) camp in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital where they were assured safety and peace. However, for Magdalene and her family, life has been a constant struggle with her mother not being able to find work to properly take care of the children. Magdalene was out of school for six months before the headmaster of the school she currently attends heard of her family’s plight.
The Purple Girl Foundation also got wind of her story and awarded her with the Foundation’s full scholarship to the excitement and elation of her family. We believe that with this opportunity Magdalene would have a fighting chance of a better future. She is determined to complete her education with good grades so she can encourage other young girls and families who are survivors of unfortunate incidents like hers, and The Purple Girl Foundation promises to be with her every step of the way.