UNICEF, Red Cross abandon aid workers abducted in Rann

UNICEF, Government to provide Malnourished Children with Therapeutic Food
UNICEF, Government to provide Malnourished Children with Therapeutic Food

The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have reportedly abandoned nurse and two midwives abducted by the Boko Haram sect in Rann, a community in Borno state. The victims were kidnapped after the insurgents attacked the town on March 1, killing at least four soldiers, policemen and three humanitarian workers. The Red Cross had confirmed that two midwives working at a clinic in the town were missing after the attack. The abducted nurse identified as Hauwa Leman had sent an audio to one of her friends, demanding that her parents be informed that she had been kidnapped. In a report on his website, Ahmad Salkida, a journalist known to have access to the leadership of Boko Haram, identified the abducted midwives as Alice Ngaddah, mother of two, and Saifura Ahmed. Salkida said UNICEF and Red Cross are working with the understanding that the Nigerian aid workers were not employed by them but contracted by third parties. According to Salkida, this might hinder the chances of the release of the victims. “UNICEF, one of the international aid agencies involved in health and crisis mitigation activities in the Lake Chad region released a statement on its website affirming that ‘one of these brave workers who lost their lives, and the nurse who is missing, were on the front line providing critical services supported by UNICEF,” Salkida’s report read. “UNICEF’s statement did not disclose the identity of the kidnapped nurse who was working at its instance. She is Mrs. Alice Loksha Ngaddah, mother of two. Our enquiry further revealed that Mrs. Ngaddah’s aged mother died unexpectedly, two weeks ago as a result of trauma over her daughter’s kidnap by the terror group. “The other two victims, namely Hauwa Mohammed Liman and Saifura Husseini Ahmed have had members of their families claiming that they had been engaged through a contract by the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, arguing that it was at the instance of the committee that Liman and Ahmed were at the location of the kidnap. “Documents obtained by this reporter from ISWAP sources paint the picture of one working for and being paid by UNICEF, an impression that is at variance with the portrait quoted from UNICEF website.

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