PHOTOS: Nigeria commences reconstruction of schools in former Boko Haram stronghold, Bama

The Nigerian government has commenced reconstruction of schools in Bama, the once-bustling trade hub before it was razed by Boko Haram jihadists.

Victims Support Fund, established by the Federal Government to take care of victims of terrorism and violence across the country, will complete the project by March 31st.

As the second biggest town in northern Borno State, Bama was home to some 270,000 residents and a major trading post on the road to Cameroon.

In the town, houses lie empty, riddled with bullet holes, and symbols of the terror group Boko Haram are painted on the walls.

85 percent of the town is destroyed.

Bama was liberated from the Islamist fighters by the Nigerian army in March 2015.

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Burned out building is seen after Boko Haram attack in Bama (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

Burned out building is seen after Boko Haram attack in Bama (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

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