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These Beautiful Photos Show That It’s Possible To Find Hope In Tragedy

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 24/02/2016 Jesselyn Cook
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When Ibrahim and Hauna John got married in April in a Cameroon refugee camp it was a very happy ending to a harrowing journey. They had planned to wed in their village in northeast Nigeria, but when Boko Haram militants attacked they fled for their lives and the two were separated.

"It wasn't easy for me to be separated from the one I love," Ibrahim said, according to UNICEF, who shared the couple's love story as part of a 2015 series of photographs showing moments of hope and joy in even the most dire humanitarian situations. 

From South Sudanese refugees in Uganda to a group of Syrian children in Jordan, photographers captured the remarkable resilience of people who have been forced from their homes and devastated by conflict. The United Nations' refugee agency said last year that a record number of people have been forcibly displaced around the globe, and by the end of the year will likely exceed 60 million people.

The camp where Ibrahim and Hauna live, and plan to start a family, is home to nearly 50,000 refugees who fled Boko Haram attacks. Water, food and shelter are in short supply. The extremist group's campaign of violence in Nigeria and neighboring countries has forced over 2 million Nigerians to flee their homes. Some 90,000 Cameroonians have also been displaced by the militant group's attacks. 

"The very first day we met in the camp, I could not resist her. I had to hold her to my cheek," Ibrahim said. "Heaven was very close to me that day."

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