Aid Workers Killed in Nigeria

Islamist insurgents arrived at Rann which is a northeastern town in Nigeria. A camp was set up for the 55,000 people who got displaced due to the conflicts in the region. The insurgents stormed into the military base which was nearby.

According to what the security sources have said, inside the camp, the gunmen executed three staffs who were working on behalf of UN and eight security personnel.

This was the first time that the Boko Haram insurgents have killed the aid staff. Aid helpers have been struggling a lot to help the people in need, but this incident has brought fear into the minds of these people who were criticized to be slow in their action. The attack has set another setback for crisis response.

The aid workers who went to the regions bordering Chad, Niger and Camaroon are given military escorts or they stay on. A program manager for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Nigeria, Hugues Robert said that they are caught up in a situation where providing humanitarian aid is an important aspect of political and security agenda. The challenge to deliver humanitarian aid on right time is increasing day by day.

The Nigerian minister of state for budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed did not respond when asked about the attacks at Rann. The Ministry is responsible for coordinating the relief efforts of the government. The UN has stated that, the attack of Rann cites the worst example of cases regarding humanitarian crises. The UN said that 7.7 million people depend on aids for their survival in the three states that gets affected the most.

According to the report of UN, in 2009 Boko Haram launched its first attack which killed more than 20,000 people, abducted 4,000. At the end of 2017, 1.6 million people were displaced in in Nigeria.


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