Falmatta (not her real name, as it has been changed for security reasons) was one of the thousands of people staying in Dikwa, a town that was occupied by Boko Haram for three years. Most of the population now live in IDP (internally displaced people) camps as their homes have been gutted. To me, her stature and composure reflected both the hardship these people have endured, but also the dignity and poise with which they face it.
Her strength is undeniable as it shines through this portrait, Chris. You photographed her in a dignified way, not focusing on her hardships. You are letting her expression guide her narrative. I love that you led with her name (even if it's officially withheld) and included background information about her location. Great work, keep it up!
Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot