Major humanitarian hub in north-east Nigeria burned in attack

United Nations Pictured is some of the damage caused to the humanitarian hub in Ngala town, Borno State, Nigeria.

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The top UN aid official in Nigeria has condemned a weekend attack against a major humanitarian facility in the north-east of the country.

Non-State armed groups targeted the humanitarian hub in Ngala, Borno state, on Saturday evening, burning an entire section of the facility as well as a vehicle used in aid deliveries.

Five UN staff were staying there at the time but escaped unharmed due to security measures in place.

Edward Kallon, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, expressed outrage over the incident.

“I am shocked by the violence and intensity of this attack, which is the latest of too many incidents directly targeting humanitarian actors and the assistance we provide,” he said on Monday.

“I am relieved all staff is now safe and secure. Aid workers, humanitarian facilities and assets cannot be a target and must be protected and respected at all times.”

Northern Nigeria has been in the grip of a Boko Haram insurgency for about a decade, which has led to widespread displacement.

Last year, more than 10,000 people arrived in Ngala, searching for security and basic services, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, reported.

‘Disastrous effect’ on vulnerable

Mr. Kallon said attacks against humanitarians have a “disastrous effect” on the vulnerable people they support.

“Many of them had already fled violence in their area of origin and were hoping to find safety and assistance in Ngala. This also jeopardizes the ability for aid workers to stay and deliver assistance to the people most in need in remote areas in Borno State,” he said.

Overall, the UN and partners are bringing vital assistance to more than seven million people in three states affected by the crisis.  Besides Borno, they also are operational in neighbouring Adamawa and Yobe states.

OCHA said aid workers in Nigeria are increasingly being targeted in attacks.  Twelve were killed last year, which is double the number killed in 2018.

Meanwhile, the UN and its humanitarian partners continue to call for the safe release of two aid workers who remain in the hands of non-State armed groups after being abducted in separate incidents in Borno state.

Grace Taku, a staff member with Action Against Hunger, was abducted alongside five male colleagues near Damasak in July 2019.  The men were all killed, according to media reports.

The other aid worker, Alice Loksha, a nurse and mother, was kidnapped during an attack in Rann in March 2018.

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  1. samir sardana says:

    For Those who ask Y ?! Y the war between Islam and Christian-ET

    Sample the basic Priori differences between Islam and Christ-ian-ET ! dindooohindoo

    There is not an iota of hope ! Only Doom !

    Once u read this – there will be no queries on the reasons for Boko/ISIS/ Qaeda ………

    Also , there is no Islamic Radicalism – This is Islamic Theology – only differing point of view is in how it is to be executed and/or enforced

    The disaster is that the verses of the Quran can easily be proven from the Bible verses verbatim or their contradictions and /or interpretations.In other words, the NT and many parts of the OT are ruminations of a human and the Quran is the revelation TO A HUMAN

    Type 1 – Prioris

    Y Islam and Paulinity are fundamentally irreconciliable and normatively opposed – with the Old Testament and Prophet , probably doubting the Prophet Hoof of the Prophet of Islam
    Muslims do not believe in the concept of Holy Trinity (Quran 5:73).
    “They do blaspheme who say: God is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One God. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them.” (Koran 5:73)
    Say not “Trinity” : desist: it will be better for you: for God is one God: Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is God as a Disposer of affairs.” (Koran 4:171)
    God is not Jesus and vice versa (Quran 5:72
    “O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of God aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) an apostle of God, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in God and His apostles.

    Type 2 – Philosophy , Theology and Perspectives on Hitstory

    We are responsible for our own deeds and will not be punished for the deeds of another person (Quran 53:38–42) – as opposed to the Pauline belief
    “If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to God), never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter He will be in the ranks of those who have lost.” (Quran 3:85).
    Jesus was initially Killed on the Crucifix – 1 Corinthians 1:23 (Quran does not agree to this -Surah 4:157)
    Jesus was son of Joseph with the seed of David (Quran calls Jesus of immaculate conception theory)
    Romans 1:3:
    Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
    Revelation 22:16:
    Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star
    No Virgin Birth for Paulines (Quran believes in Virgin Birth)
    Seed of David from Joseph (Seed of David from Mary – in Quran)
    Jesus Christ our Lord…was made of the seed of David, according to the flesh;…. (Romans 1:3-4.)
    Jesus Christ of the seed of David….(II Timothy 2:8.)
    Of this man’s [i.e., David’s] seed hath God, according to his prophets, raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus. (Acts 13:23 KJV.)
    Mary has the seed of Aaronites – a priestly class (Quran – No Comment)
    The Bible refers to Christ as the “only begotten” Son of God (John 1:18) – As per Quran – there is no begotten-ness
    The NT and Jesus did not prohibit wine or swine or any other meat – as per Quran – it is haram
    Jesus opposed to John’s followers, disallowed and disavowed fasting – which is mandated, as per Quran
    Isaiah opposed animal sacrifices – which is mandated as per Quran
    Paul prohibited circumcision – which is mandated as per Quran
    Paul mandated individual free will in all matters, besides the 1st Two Commamdments – Quran is about directions and injunctions, and no interpretation or bidah

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