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Nigeria: Three abducted aid workers released

16 Jan 2020

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7 January 2020, Dolori I Camp, Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. More than 400 women, men and children were forcibly displaced to the camp from villages near Jakana town, Borno State, some 40 km away. Humanitarian organizations have provided them with food assistance, malnutrition screening and health services to meet their immediate needs. Credit: OCHA/Leni Kinzli

Three aid workers who were abducted by non-State armed groups on 22 December 2019 in Borno State, north-east Nigeria, were released yesterday.

Despite this news, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, expressed concerns about the fate of the other civilians abducted in the incident, as well as the fate of aid worker Grace Taku, who was abducted in July 2019, and Alice Loksha, a nurse abducted in March 2018. The UN and its humanitarian partners call for their immediate and safe release.  

Twelve aid workers were killed in Nigeria in 2019 – twice as many as in 2018.

All parties to the conflict are urged to protect the civilian population, including aid workers, from such grave violations of international laws and to assure the safety of aid workers and the unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable populations.