A carpenter thought it was safe to go home after the army drove Islamist insurgents from his town in northeastern part of Nigeria three years ago.

In December, the militants struck again. Muhammad Suleiman from Maiduguri, fled into the bush, leaving his voter card behind with most of his other belongings.

The 28-year-old carpenter now fears he will not be able to take part in Nigeria’s presidential election on Feb. 16.

Though authorities say they will set up polling booths in the camp where Suleiman has taken shelter in the city of Maiduguri, in the state of Borno, only those with voter cards will be allowed to cast ballots.

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