The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has condemned what it described as the “tragic killing” of its colleague Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, who was abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in March.
The head of the ICRC delegation in Abuja, Eloi Fillion, in a statement on Monday said, “We are devastated by the murder of our colleague Saifura,”.
“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.”
The agency also appealed to the armed group to immediately release the second ICRC midwife and another health-care worker who were also abducted in March.
“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,” she added.
The ICRC, however, said it would not give details of her death or comment on the identity of the women’s abductors as well as their motives.
The agency said in the past six months of their abduction, it has made sustained and committed efforts to secure the release of all three workers.
It, however, said it will continue to do everything in its power to ensure that Hauwa and Alice are released and can return to their families immediately.
Saifura, 25, was a devoted nurse a mother of two adorable kids.
The Red Cross bemoaning her killing by the blood thirsty Boko Haram on Monday wondered how the kids, now with their grandma would take news of her death.
“Saifura, 25, was 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”, said Eleojo Akpa, the ICRC Communications and Media Relations Officer.
“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 the two children their mother will never return”, he said.
Eloi Fillion, the Head, ICRC delegation in Abuja said: “We are devastated by the murder of our colleague, Saifura.
“At the time of their abduction, Saifura, as well as our colleague, Hauwa Mohammed Liman, and Alice Loksha, a nurse with UNICEF-supported centre, were providing essential ante-natal care to communities in Rann.
“Rann’s population has more than doubled after an influx of people fleeing violence,’’ he said.
Fillion urged the abductors still holding Hauwa and Alice to release them as they were not part of the fight.