The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) says it is heartbroken over the execution of Hauwa Liman, one of its health workers abducted in March by a Boko Haram faction, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).
In a statement on Tuesday, the organisation described the murder of the aid worker as a despicable act of cruelty.
The Islamic State West Africa Province had executed Liman after the expiration of the October 14 deadline.
Reacting, Nigeria’s minister of information, Lai Mohammed, said the government did “everything any responsible government should do” to save Liman and Saifura Ahmed, another aid worker that was earlier killed.
However, speaking on Liman’s death, the organisation tweeted on Tuesday: “Hauwa was a friend and daughter. She was a midwife, helping women in their most painful and vulnerable moments, bringing life into the world.
“Hauwa was not yet 25. We will never know what her life would go on to hold.”
Hauwa’s death has broken our hearts.
Hauwa was a friend and daughter. She was a midwife, helping women in their most painful and vulnerable moments, bringing life into the world.
Hauwa was not yet 25. We will never know what her life would go on to hold. https://t.co/22wOtdJOo6
— ICRC (@ICRC) October 16, 2018
ICRC’s regional director for Africa, Patricia Danzi, said: “The news of Hauwa’s death has broken our hearts. We appealed for mercy and an end to such senseless murders. How can it be that two female health care workers were killed back-to-back? Nothing can justify this.
“Hauwa and Saifura’s deaths are not only a tragedy for their families, but they will also be felt by thousands of people in Rann and other conflict-affected areas of north-east Nigeria where accessing health care remains a challenge. We urge the group holding Alice and Leah to release them safely.”