(file photograph) Some assist staff kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists.
The United Nations has condemned the reported killing of 4 assist staff in Borno by Boko Haram terrorists.
This follows the condemnation of the homicide by French assist group, Action Against Hunger .
In an announcement issued on Saturday, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, sympathised with the households of the slain staff.
“I am deeply saddened and outraged by the news of the tragic killing of four aid workers who were held captive by armed groups for almost five months.
“My thoughts go to their families, friends and colleagues who are enduring unspeakable pain and hardship,” Kallon mentioned.
The UN humanitarian chief nonetheless referred to as for the quick launch of Grace Taku, the one lady he mentioned was within the Action Against Hunger workforce.
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Regretting the continued captivity of the voluntary employees, Kallon appealed for the “immediate release of Alice Loksha, a nurse and a mother, who was abducted during an attack in Rann in March 2018.”
The 4 assist staff have been amongst six humanitarian staff from Action Against Hunger kidnapped by Boko Haram close to Damasak in Mobbar Local Government within the northern a part of Borno on July 25.
One of the abductee assist staff was reportedly executed in September, leaving solely Grace Taku, the one lady nonetheless in Boko Haram captivity.
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NIGERIA: THE HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR CONDEMNS THE REPORTED KILLING OF FOUR AID WORKERS
ABUJA, 13 December – The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, condemns the introduced execution of 4 assist staff by armed teams in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State on 13 December.
“I am deeply saddened and outraged by the news of the tragic killing of four aid workers who were held captive by armed groups for almost five months,” acknowledged Mr Kallon. “My thoughts go to their families, friends and colleagues who are enduring unspeakable pain and hardship.”
The 4 males have been amongst the six assist staff who have been kidnapped on 26 July when their convoy got here beneath assault close to Damasak, within the Mobbar LGA. They have been engaged on a well being undertaking applied by the INGO Action Against Hunger. One of the drivers was killed in the course of the assault and one other was reportedly executed on 24 September 2019.
“I plead for the immediate release of Grace Taku, the only woman who was in the ACF team, and whose whereabouts remain unknown,” mentioned the Humanitarian Coordinator. “I also call for the immediate release of Alice Loksha, a nurse and a mother, who was abducted during an attack in Rann in March 2018.”
“This is another sad day for the people of Nigeria and the humanitarian community supporting them,” regreted Mr Kallon. “These colleagues were devoting their lives to helping the most vulnerable communities in Borno State. Despite the risks, they were driven by the values of solidarity and humanity.”
The United Nations and NGO companions in Nigeria are working to carry very important help to over seven million folks within the crisis-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. They are more and more the goal of violent assaults. Seven assist staff have been killed for the reason that starting of the 12 months, amongst 26 UN and NGO staff having misplaced their lives within the battle since 2011.
“Violence against humanitarian actors jeopardizes access to much needed assistance for people affected by the armed conflict,” careworn the Humanitarian Coordinator. “I renew the call for all armed actors to respect the principles of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality which guide humanitarian assistance, and to ensure the protection of aid workers.”