Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has expressed sadness over the killing of five humanitarian aid workers by insurgents in Northeast Nigeria.

Development Diaries gathered that the aid workers, who were working for Action Against Hunger, International Rescue Committee, the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), and Reach International, and a security guard protecting humanitarian facilities, were abducted in June, 2020.

The International President of MSF, Dr Christos Christou, in a statement concerning the incident, said, ‘We stand in solidarity and send our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of those killed in these brutal attacks.

‘This is not the first time we have seen the deliberate targeting and execution of aid workers in Borno State; these murders come on top of similar atrocities in 2019, in which 12 aid workers were killed.

‘MSF condemns, in the strongest possible terms, all violence against humanitarian aid workers’.

The insecurity in the northeastern part of Nigeria continues to pose a threat to the stability of humanitarian aid organisations and their workers as the abduction of aid workers continues to make it harder for humanitarian assistance to reach those who need it the most.

Médecins Sans Frontières is an international, independent medical humanitarian organisation that provides medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemic, disasters, or exclusion from health care.

Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

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