The United Nations has condemned the violent attack on its Humanitarian Operations by armed men suspected to be Boko Haram in Damasak community, in Borno State.
United Nations’ Resident of Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon disclosed this in a statement seen by TOS News.
On Saturday, April 11, the armed men struck Damasak community with three international aid partners’ facilities.
According to him, the cruel action will undoubtedly affect humanitarian services in the region.
“I strongly condemn the attack, as humanitarian aid operations and facilities are the lifeline for people affected by violence and conflict in north-east Nigeria who are dependent on assistance to survive. Humanitarian operations in Damasak will be reduced due to the violent attack, which will affect the support to 8,800 internally displaced people and 76,000 people in the host community receiving humanitarian assistance and protection there,” he said.
Edward who noted that civilians, aid workers, their facilities and assets should never be a target also appealed to stakeholders and generous donors for continuous supports for humanitarian hubs and the United Nations Humanitarian Air Services.
“Civilians and aid workers, their facilities and assets should never be a target. They must always be protected and respected. I call on armed parties to observe and commit to international humanitarian law and human rights law, and ensure the protection of civilians, humanitarian property, and personnel.
I also appeal to our generous donors and stakeholders for support in funding the nine humanitarian hubs and to the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), as these are vital enablers of the humanitarian operations in north-east Nigeria. I also appeal to donors to urgently continue their support for the Humanitarian Response Plan for north-east Nigeria in order to provide lifesaving and life sustaining support to some 6.4 million displaced people and host communities affected by the humanitarian crisis there, he added.