from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is appealing for the release of two humanitarian workers that terrorists kidnapped in northeastern Nigeria six months ago.
Their colleague, a midwife, was killed as the radicals thought to be members of the Boko Haram group abducted the women at a centre catering for thousands displaced by the violence in Rann in the Borno State.
The deceased has been identified as Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, aged 25 and a mother of a boy (aged 2) and a girl (3).
The children have not comprehended their mother’s absence.
“We are devastated by the murder of our colleague Saifura,” said Eloi Fillion, head of the ICRC delegation in Abuja.
“Saifura moved to Rann to selflessly help those in need. Our thoughts are with her family and other loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.”
At the time of their abduction, Saifura, as well as other Red Cross colleague, Hauwa Mohammed Liman, and Alice Loksha, a nurse, were working in a United Nations Children’s Fund-supported centre.
Fillion appealed to the perpetrators to release the two women thought to be still held hostage.
“They are daughters, a wife, and a mother – women with families that depend on them,” said Fillion.
“Their families and friends miss them dearly and will not give up the hope of seeing them again soon. There is no ideology or religious law that could justify doing any harm to them.”
The Boko Haram has killed an estimated 100 000 civilians and kidnapped thousands during a campaign to overthrow the government.
– CAJ News