5 March 2019

Nigeria: Boko Haram Urged to Free Kidnapped Nurse

Maiduguri — The United Nations (UN) is pleading for the release of a female aid worker kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria a year ago.

Alice Lokshah, a nurse and mother, was among seven humanitarian officials and medical doctors the Islamist group killed or abducted in the northeastern city of Rann.

Three doctors were killed during the attack while three humanitarian workers were abducted and later executed by the terror group late last year.

The fate of Lokshah is unknown but hopes are that she is held captive.

"The UN calls for the immediate release of Alice, and for her safe return to her family," said Edward Kallon, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria.

Last Friday, the UN marked one year since the attack in Rann, a devastated town in the Borno State.

The attack on March 1, 2018 sent shock waves through the community of aid workers from the UN and non-governmental organisations.

"Any time violence claims an innocent life, it affects us all. That is a shock that strikes at the very core of our humanity," Kallon said.

Rann, which is 8 kilometres from the border with Cameroon, is among the worst affected by the Boko Haram crisis.

Some 40 000 were forced to flee their homes following recent deadly attacks in the city.

To date, Boko Haram killed more than 20, 000 people with more than two million others displaced.


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