An active youth campaigner in Niger’s Dosso region, 21-year-old Hadjara is known for her charisma, passion and and determination to promote and defend children’s rights. But now she has turned her attention to fighting a new aggressor and is at the forefront of the battle to rid Niger of the scourge of COVID-19.

The quarantine restrictions in place meant that university student Hadjara had to come up with an alternative method of making her voice heard, so she decided to use her phone to raise awareness through social media.

“All I need is my phone and some internet connectivity. I make short videos and images followed by text in French and local languages to teach my friends and communities on the new coronavirus because many of them do not believe the virus actually exist in Niger.”

Wanting to do more to help vulnerable children in her community, Hadjara came up with a plan which she proposed to other young activists in her network. “We each contributed 2,000 CFA francs (around 3 USD) making a total amount of 98,000 CFA france (169 USD), which we used to buy more than 150 protective masks and three boxes of soaps that we distributed to children and vulnerable adults in Dosso,” she explains.

Orphaned at a young age, Hadjara is lucky to be among the 24% of girls who are not married before their 18 birthday in Niger. She is also among the few girls who have been able to pursue her education beyond secondary school. “I am the last born of my parent’s children and have an elder brother and sister. I did not know my parents as they died when I was a baby. It was my grandmother who raised me until her death last year. Now I am living with an aunt.”