Looming deadline: Today could be the last day we hear of Hauwa Mohammed Liman and Alice Loksha if the Nigerian government doesn't act swiftly. The two women were kidnapped in March by the Islamic State's West African Province group. The International Committee of the Red Cross has called for quick intervention.
In less than 24 hours, medical worker Hauwa Mohammed Liman and Alice Loksha, a nurse who worked in a UNICEF-supported centre, could be killed by the Islamic State's West African Province group (ISWAP). Hauwa and Loksha were part of the three women working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who were abducted on March 1, 2018.
Yesterday the ICRC made an urgent plea to the public for the release of its two abducted workers in North Eastern Nigeria. Mamadou Sow, the head of ICRC's Operation in the Lake Chad Basin said: "Hauwa and Alice are medical workers who chose to work and help vulnerable communities in Rann, an area heavily affected by violence. The town's population has more than doubled because of the conflict, while most local health-care staff have fled. These women were providing essential and life-saving services to thousands of people, displaced and resident alike. All they sought to do was to help."
Nigeria has been battling with terrorist attacks in the North Eastern part of the country. Despite numerous promises by Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari to fight the Islamic terrorists haunting his country to a standstill, nothing much has changed since he took over power in 2015. Of the three women abducted in March, one of them, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa was killed in September.
The Director of the ICRC Operations in Africa, Patricia Danzi, said "We urge you: spare and release these women. They are a midwife, a nurse, and a student. Like all those abducted, they are not part of any fight. They are daughters and sisters, one is a mother -- women with their futures ahead of them, children to raise, and families to return to."