The room looked like any other clean and neat living room this morning, yet at night, Janata said, it was full of women and young children, sleeping on mats. Older children sleep outside in the back fenced-in yard, and most of the men sleep outside under the trees and near other buildings in the EYN (Nigerian Brethren Church) Headquarters compound in Jos. Janata Gamache and her husband, Markus, currently care for, in their home, fifty-two men, women, and children displaced by the violence of Boko Haram.
Displaced families and individuals started coming to Jos and other safer areas of Nigeria in large numbers in August and September 2014, when Boko Haram attacked communities in Borno State in the northeast. This number increased after Boko Haram started terrorizing areas of northern Adamawa State, including the EYN Headquarters near Mubi, in the fall of 2014 and early 2015. When possible, displaced people went to live with relatives. Thousands ended up in displacement camps, where the once self-reliant people found themselves feeling dependent and powerless. Other displaced people camped outside on the grounds of church buildings. But many EYN families, like the Gamaches, opened their doors to them. In time, host families and congregations helped some of them rent temporary dwellings in the area. EYN has also purchased land near the cities of Jos and Abuja, where they are building temporary houses for additional accommodation.