Abuja - The United Nations has temporarily
suspended humanitarian assistance missions in Northeast Nigeria pending q
review of the security situation.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the
international humanitarian organization after members of Boko Haram ambushed
and wounded staff of UN agencies and other international humanitarian
organizations on Thursday.
“Today unknown assailants attacked a humanitarian convoy
that included staff from UNICEF, UNFPA, and IOM (Children’s Fund, Population
Fund and International Office of Migration),” read a statement.
The UN reported the convoy was traveling from Bama to
Maiduguri in Borno State, returning from delivering desperately needed
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“The United Nations has temporarily suspended
humanitarian assistance missions pending review of the security situation,” the
The statement confirmed that a UNICEF employee and an IOM
contractor were injured in the attack and are being treated at a local
hospital. It added that all other
UNICEF, IOM and UNFPA staff are safe.
The convoy was in a remote area of Meleri village, a few
kilometres from Kawuri Borno State northeastern Nigeria, where protracted
conflict has caused extreme suffering and has triggered a severe malnutrition
UN further stated that it was not only an attack on
humanitarian workers but an attack on the people who most need the assistance
and aid that these workers were bringing.
Some 20 000 civilians have been killed and 3
million displaced by the insurgency.
- CAJ News