Abuja, 17 October 2018– We, the international NGO community, stand in solidarity with our colleagues of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). We are deeply saddened and condemn the killing of Hauwa Mohammed Liman, a dedicated and passionate aid worker. Hauwa Mohammed Liman was based in Rann, Borno state providing health services to civilians who continue to suffer from this nine-year conflict.
On 1 March, following a deadly attack by a Non-State Armed Group in which three aid workers were killed, Hauwa Mohammed Liman was abducted alongside her colleagues Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa and Alice Loksha, a nurse who worked in a centre supported by UNICEF. Both Hauwa and Saifura have been killed by their abductors.
We call on all relevant authorities to ensure justice for Hauwa and Saifura and the thousands of innocent civilians who have lost their lives by bringing this conflict to an immediate end. Hundreds of women and girls have been abducted throughout the conflict. We call for their immediate release, together with that of Alice Loksha, the aid worker still in captivity and Leah Sharibu, a 15-year-old student abducted in a separate incident in February.
This incident blatantly highlights the severe challenges that Nigeria continues to face, but this will not deter the NGO community from providing aid to millions of Nigerians. We will continue to provide life-saving assistance, including food, safe water, shelter and medicine, to the millions of people that need it across the north-east.
This situation is heartbreaking.
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with her family and friends.
Rest in peace Hauwa Mohammed Liman.