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Boko Haram Kills One Of The Three Abducted Health Workers

Valentine Chinyem

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An aid-worker, Saifura Husseini Ahmed, has been killed by the dreaded islamic sect, Boko Haram.

Husseini was one of the three humanitarian workers abducted in Rann, Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State, on March 1.

She was said to have been shot from behind by a member of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram.

The abducted health workers appeared in a video and shared online by the sect in August, they begged President Muhammadu Buhari to come to their rescue, saying this was the “final warning” given to them by the sect.

“We were there for the vulnerable, now we are vulnerable,” they said with tears.

“For the sake of God, for the sake of Allah, President Muhammadu Buhari, come and help us. Come and vindicate us from this captivity. We need your help; we need your help. Have mercy and help us.”

“To all our fellow Nigerians, we are pleading for God’s sake, come and vindicate us from this captivity.

“We are children of the nation. Today, being Saturday, the 13th of August [Saturday was 11th August] come and vindicate us. Our organizations, we were there for the vulnerable, but today we are vulnerable.

“Come and hear our cry for mercy. Our family, our children, the nation at large needs us back. They have given us their last warning, that after this they will take action that will shock everyone. For the sake God, for the sake of Allah, President Muhammadu Buhari come to our rescue and help us and vindicate us.

“Help us; we are three: a nurse and two midwives captured in Rann, Kalabalge on the 1st March, 2018 [while] working with UNICEF and Red Cross organizations. The world powers, whatever you can do, come and help us. We are really vulnerable. We need your help. We need your help. Have mercy and help us.”

The three health workers penned a similar letter back in May, writing that they were “really helpless and hopeless” in captivity and would like to regain their freedom, as they were needed back home by their families.

“With heartfelt gratitude, we wish to extent out warm greetings to our dear families, relations and the entire people of our nation. We are the Nurse/Midwives that were captured by Junudul Khalifa under Abu Musab Albarnawi,” they had said in a handwritten note.

“We are pleading and begging with heavy hearts to our humble President Muhammadu Buhari to hear our cry for mercy and look into our situation and vindicate us from this captivity.

“Our dear children, husbands, relations and the entire nation need us back home. To our able organisations, please hear our cry for mercy. We are really helpless and hopeless; please rescue us and vindicate us, our families need us back and the entire nation at large.”

More so, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who Husseini worked for, has also mourned the aid-worker, they said; “We are devastated by the murder of our colleague Saifura,” said Eloi Fillion, the head of the ICRC delegation in Abuja. “Saifura moved to Rann to selflessly help those in need. Our thoughts are with her family and other loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.”

“We urge those still holding our colleague Hauwa and Alice: release these women. Like Saifura, they are not part of the fight. They are a midwife and a nurse. They are daughters, a wife, and a mother – women with families that depend on them,” said Fillion.

“Their families and friends miss them dearly and will not give up the hope of seeing them again soon. There is no ideology or religious law that could justify doing any harm to them.”

FIllion described Saifura, 25, as a devoted mother and midwife.

“Those who knew her said she adored her two children, a two-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl.

“The children have not been able to comprehend their mother’s absence, as they frequently asked their grandmother if a passing plane was bringing their mother home. That grandmother must now find the words to tell two children their mother will never return.”

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