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Founders of Arrida Relief Foundation with adopted orphans from Northeast Nigeria, Kaduna State. Looks like the children are staying cool. July 5, 2015, Photo/Muhammad Ibrahim

Mohammad Ibrahim has been reporting extensively from Northern Nigeria for over six years. For him reporting on Nigeria is about more than highlighting divisions between the north and south. Boko Haram and divisive socioeconomic and political forces cannot take away the intrinsic sense of community, peace, and tolerance found there.

Ibrahim stepped behind the lens exclusively for Nigerianreporter.com to give you a look at Kaduna State in a way you may not have seen. In part one of this two part photo series Ibrahim walks us through the Arrida Relief Foundation (ARFON). As can be read on ARFON’s Facebook page, the foundation acts as “a nongovernmental and charity organization that believes in supporting and promoting a sustainable community development through investing in the tomorrow of women, children and youths entirely who make the work force and the future Nigeria. This organization was first introduced in 2012 and was officially registered with the corporate affairs commission of Nigeria in 2014.”

As could be expected for more than six years Boko Haram, which aims to create a state in northeastern Nigeria under its version of Sharia, has committed atrocities across the region, leaving many children parentless, however many orphans come to ARFON due to loss of parents through poor health or other natural causes. ARFON provides a safe haven for them to learn, grow, and smile.

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Co-founder of the AFRON foundation Rabi Salisu (center) sends out a message of peace with orphan girls. July 5, 2015, Photo/Muhammad Ibrahim
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The boys and girls of the AFRON orphanage welcome guests on Eid Day, Kaduna State, Nigeria. July 5, 2015, Photo/Muhammad Ibrahim
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Girls at the orphanage having some playpen fun, on Eid Day, AFRON, Kaduna State, Nigeria. July 5, 2015, Photo/Muhammad Ibrahim
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Older orphan girls at AFRON giving off the cool vibe in their shades. July 5, 2015, Photo/Muhammad Ibrahim