Ty Bello Shares Heartwrenching Encounter With A Soldier Fighting Boko Haram In Maiduguri


Celebrity photographer, TY Bello, who just
returned from Borno state, shared this photo of an
xray showing an anti aircraft bullet lodged in a
soldiers throat. She wrote

Soldier X:While I made portraits of our
wounded soldiers at the military hospital in
Maiduguri, one of the soldiers made a
statement that I haven’t been able to shake
off, “ one way you know a soldier has been
hit is that they suddenly start shouting out names of family members.

“This statement kept playing over and again in my
mind, especially when I got the most colourful
welcome from my family, barely a week away on
this journey.Many soldiers, play this long overdue
welcome party in their heads daily, and the sad
thing is that for some, it may never happen.

I had long conversations with soldiers about how
they got wounded in battle.They told me how
grateful they were to be alive, some of their
colleagues weren’t as lucky. I also got to speak
with medical personnel, on the uniqueness of their
work in a war against terror. I’ll share all their stories here and start by introducing Soldier X,
who I never met, but made a photograph of his
Xray .An anti aircraft bullet, big and strong enough
to tear through the titanium body of an airplane,
was lodged in his throat, and for some reason, it
didn’t blow his head off, this soldier lived through his surgery and got to take the removed bullet
home as a reminder. This is a wicked wicked war!
Why would anyone chose weapons made to
attack war planes and use it on a fellow human …
At close range ..Even in war there should be
rules. Lieutenant Ologodo told me something really important, that if you don’t believe in God,
working here will make a convert out of you, the
frequency of witnessing the darkest of evil deeds,
along side what can only be miraculous, will open
your heart somehow.This is such a brutally wicked
war !#tybellophotography #portrait#

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