UN, FG honours 37 slain humanitarian workers in Northeast, others

As Nigeria joins the global community to mark the 2023 World Humanitarian Day, United Nations and the federal government have paid tribute to 37 aid workers that have died in the Northeastern part of Nigeria since 2016.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Nasiri Gwarzo, said that the Aid Workers Security Database shows that 37 aid workers have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.

This includes 24 humanitarian who have been wounded and 34 kidnapped in the North East of Nigeria.

He made this known during a solidarity walk and media briefing alongside UN representatives to mark this year’s World Humanitarian Day themed “No matter who, no matter where and #NoMatterWhat, on Thursday in Abuja.

According to him, “The Aid Workers Security Database has recorded the tragic loss of 37 aid workers, with 24 wounded and 34 kidnapped in the North East of Nigeria.

While emphasizing the importance of paying tribute to humanitarians working tirelessly in Nigeria and around the world, especially those who lost their lives, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Matthias Schmale, said that this year’s theme is about the unwavering commitment of countless humanitarians to serve needy communities, no matter who, no matter where and #NoMatterWhat.

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