UN condemns the attack on humanitarian facility in Borno state

The United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, has condemned the attack by non-state armed groups on the main humanitarian accommodation in Ngala, Borno State.

In a statement yesterday in Abuja by Head of Public Information, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), Mrs. Eve Sabbagh, the coordinator said: “I am outraged by the extremely violent attack on this key humanitarian facility where five United Nations workers were staying at the time of the incident.

The coordinator said they provide operating environments for aid workers in remote locations where some of the most vulnerable people live or have sought refuge.

“Such incidents have a devastating effect on the lives of the most vulnerable people who depend on our assistance to survive. while many of them had already fled from their area of origin and were hoping to find safety and assistance in Ngala.

“This also endanger the ability for aid workers to stay and deliver assistance to the people most in need in remote areas in Borno State,” the statement quoted Kallon saying.

Kallon urged all parties to the conflict to respect the principles of humanity, objectivity independence and impartiality, which guide the assistance the humanitarian community delivers in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states. He added that the UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners in Nigeria were working to bring vital assistance to over 7 million people in the crisis-ridden Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

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