United Nations suspend humanitarian operations in Northeast, after attack on employees
By Mohammad Ibrahim
July 28, Abuja: Unknown assailants on Thursday attacked a humanitarian convoy that included staff from UNICEF, UNFPA and IOM in Northeastern Nigeria.
The convoy was traveling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State after delivering desperately needed humanitarian assistance to victims of crisis in the region.This was contained in a statement released by UNICEF Chief Communication, Doune Porter in Abuja Nigeria's capital.
The statement said " UNICEF can confirm that a UNICEF employee and an IOM contractor were injured in the attack and are being treated at a local hospital. All other UNICEF, IOM and UNFPA staff are safe.
The statement added that the convoy was in a remote area of northeastern Nigeria, where protracted conflict has caused extreme suffering and has triggered a severe malnutrition crisis.
" This was not only an attack on humanitarian workers. It is an attack on the people who most need the assistance and aid that these workers were bringing.
"The United Nations has temporarily suspended humanitarian assistance missions pending review of the security situation," she said.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, together with other partners work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
The organization alongside other international organizations are providing humanitarian assistance to internally Displaced Persons in Northeast displaced by Boko haram in various camps in the region including neighboring countries affected by the crisis.