As part of activities marking this year’s world humanitarian day, the United Nation (UN) has condemned the killings and abduction of aid workers by Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast and environs.
The UN also called for the release of aid workers who have been abducted, and urged parties to the conflict to help the work of humanitarian workers and facilitate their access to people in need, in line with international laws.
The UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon stated this yesterday at a joint press conference with the Borno State government at government house in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Mr Kallon noted that since the start of the boko haram conflict in 2009, more than 26,000 people have been killed, while thousands of women and girls abducted with children continue to be used on a regular basis as suicide bombers.
“At the same time, aid and medical workers who care for people affected by the violence, suffer the consequences of insecurity. Three aid workers were killed and three abducted in March this year in Rann, an aid worker was killed in Ngala in May and a staff of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) was killed in Damasak just last week.
“These fatalities are a stark reminder of this dangerous reality for all humanitarians. And let us not forget that the vast of majority of humanitarians working to provide life-saving aid to people in need are themselves Nigerians.
“We mark World Humanitarian Day every year on August 19, to express solidarity with people affected by humanitarian crisis and pay tribute to the humanitarian workers who helped them,” Kallon said.
On insinuations that the UN will withdraw its services in the northeast till after the 2019 general elections, the UN coordinator said it has no plan of withdrawal, but to do more to assist the affected in the region.
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