They were out on the streets of Maiduguri, hungry and exposed to the elements seeking temporary shelter before moving to displaced people’s camps. Six years after Shettima Baba-Kura Alkali made room on his property for a group of people fleeing attacks, the refugees still cannot return home.
In the Lake Chad region of Nigeria, hundreds of thousands of people have been left displaced by fighting.
And a recent increase in attacks by Boko Haram fighters means they may be forced to wait even longer to return home.
Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris reports from the city of Maiduguri.