Friday, July 26, 2019

International Aid Agency, Action Against Hunger (ACF) confirms authenticity of video showing its workers in ISWAP custody, demands their release.

International Aid Agency, Action Against Hunger (ACF) has confirmed the authenticity of recent video showing its workers in ISWAP custody.

The workers were engaged in a humanitarian program run by Action Against Hunger in Damasak region, Borno State when the ISWAP members attacked their convoy killing a driver before kidnapping the rest.

An official statement was released yesterday on the issue.


A video released on Wednesday, July 24 in the evening shows the female Action Against Hunger staff member alongside five companions (drivers and health workers engaged in a humanitarian program run by Action Against Hunger in Damasak region, Borno State) apparently in good health condition.
Action Against Hunger strongly requests that our staff member and her companions be released.

They are humanitarians and health workers and they chose to dedicate their lives to support the most vulnerable communities in Nigeria. They were only in pursuit of solidarity, humanity and neutrality.

Their abduction fully contradicts International Humanitarian Law and internationally recognized standards for the protection of humanitarian workers and organizations.

All Action Against Hunger teams and staff express their full support and comfort to our colleague and to her companions who are being detained, as well as to their families and friends.

Reacting to the video, the Presidency said it has been briefed by the responsible government agency about the disturbing video of humanitarian aid workers held captive. The FG also gave assurances that contact is being made as the captors are currently being talked to. 

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