The United Nations has condemned Monday’s execution of another International Committee of the Red Cross worker by Boko Haram terrorists. The UN Secretary General, António Guterres called for the prosecution of the terrorists. Hauwa Liman was killed after a deadline given by the terror group for government to meet its demands elapsed, on Monday.
The terror group had executed Liman’s colleague, Saifura Khursa, in September, before threatening to kill Liman and a third staff of the outfit, Alice Ngaddah, in October.
The three ICRC officials were kidnapped in March in an IDP camp in Rann, a community in Borno State. The terror group promised to ‘enslave’ Ngaddah and Leah Sharibu a Dapchi student kidnapped by the group in February.
The killings have been condemned by local and international groups, across the world.
In the statement by the global body, Guterres called on the Nigerian government and local authorities in the North-east to ensure the protection of humanitarian workers in the war-torn region.
In a similar reaction, the #BringBackOurGirls group joined other Nigerians in condemning the execution, describing it as an unfortunate consequence of the government’s failure. The #BBOG staged a protest on Tuesday in Abuja to highlight its demands.
As the world reacts with outrage to the killing of a second aid worker, Hauwa Liman, by a faction of Boko Haram, her distraught family are holding out hope that she might still be alive.
Hauwa who works with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was killed by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), the Nigerian government confirmed on Monday in a statement condemning the act.
Her father Mohammed Liman says the heart-breaking news, barely a month after another aid worker – Saifura Ahmed – who was abducted with her in March was killed, is hard to believe.
The family had expected that the insurgents would give the government time to meet their demands. And although the government, ICRC and many others across the globe have condemned the murder, her family remains in doubt that she is dead.