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HART is saddened and concerned by the news that Islamist militants in northeast Nigeria have reportedly executed five aid workers.
Multiple news outlets have now reported that the five aid workers abducted last month in north-east Nigeria’s Borno State have been killed, reportedly by jihadists. The men were working for Action Against Hunger, the International Rescue Committee, Rich International and the country’s State Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria’s president confirmed.
We send our sympathies and prayers to all affected by this tragedy and once again state that ideologically-motivated violence in Nigeria must stop.
This news comes shortly after the All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, of which Baroness Cox is Co-Chair, published it’s report, Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide? The report found that a key factor driving violence in the region is the impact of the growing power and influence of Islamist extremism across the Sahel. It further stated that these issues were compounded by the Nigerian Government’s failure to respond adequately to the violence, to protect communities or to bring perpetrators of violence to justice. These issues need to be addressed if we are to save lives and improve the welfare of civilians and the report makes many recommendations about how this can be done.
The report can be found in full here: https://appgfreedomofreligionorbelief.org/nigeria-unfolding-genocide-new-appg-report-launched/