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B’Haram: UN, AI condemn killing of aid worker

The United Nations, Amnesty International have condemned the killing of a midwife, Saifura Hussaini Khorsa by boko haram insurgents.

Khorsa, who worked for the Red Cross, was kidnapped about six months ago at the Rann camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Borno.

In a statement, the humanitarian organizations on Monday called for adequate Justice and urged the federal government to protect aid workers and Nigerians from attacks.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, described Hussaini’s murder as a heinous and despicable act.

Kallon said further that the incident demonstrates the severe challenges that Nigeria continues to face, but would not deter the international community from providing aid to Nigerians caught up in the conflict in the north-east.

The Director, Amnesty International in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho in their statement described the aid worker’s murder as a horrific act.

He said Boko Haram has once again proven its brazen disregard for the sanctity of life which must not go unpunished.

Amnesty International, therefore, called for the release of the two health workers who were abducted in March alongside Saifura.

President Buhari also condemned the killing

President Muhammadu Buhari also condemned and described as heinous and despicable, the killing of Saifura Khorsa.

Buhari also expressed concern over the threat of the group to harm others, including Leah Sharibu, the lone Dapchi school girl, still in custody.

He pledged commitment to rescuing all captives.

Three health workers Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, Hauwa Liman and Alice Loksha were abducted in March when Boko Haram fighters attacked Rann.

Since the women’s abduction six months ago, the ICRC has made sustained and committed efforts to secure the three health care workers’ release, and will continue to do everything in its power to ensure that Hauwa and Alice are released and can return to their families immediately, the ICRC had said in a statement on Monday.

Rann is a hard to reach town in Borno state, home to at least 40,000 internally displaced people.

 

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