rann
Toby Lanzer, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for South Sudan,… (Ali Ngethi / AFP/Getty Images )

Agency Report

The air strike on an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Rann, Borno state, has “galvanised” aid workers to provide more services to the people.

Advertise With Us

That’s according to the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer.

Lanzer said the aid workers are fast putting the incident behind them.

“The air strike ‘galvanised’ us and I know that that sounds a bit of a paradox.

“But you know within a matter of minutes that we realised what had happened, we rolled off the shock and we had people on the ground who were there to help.

“The first responders, and I really want to underline, the first responders in this incident as is so often the case, are the communities themselves.

“It’s the brothers and sisters of the IDPs, the villages nearby who went to help.

“And the United Nations Air Service was able to end medical supplies that very as well as the following day as well as medical teams who went to the site.

“It was a tremendous signal of professionalism by the local community and by the local aid workers and international aid workers who are close by,” he said.

Lanzer, a UN Assistant Secretary-General, commended the Nigerian authorities for their prompt response to the incident.

The UN official said dozens of people lost their lives at the scene of the incident while some later died at the hospitals