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11 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Security fears keep aid workers out of town in Nigeria’s north east

AFP

LAGOS: A suspension of humanitarian operations has been extended in a remote town in northeast Nigeria where three aid workers were killed in a Boko Haram attack, medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said yesterday, reports AFP.

MSF and the UN pulled out their staff from Rann, on the border with Cameroon in Borno state, after the attack on March 1.

The UN suspended its activities for one week until Friday.

But the suspension has now been extended until Tuesday next week at the earliest, the UN in Abuja said, while MSF said it had no timeline for a return.

“We think that the entire area is not protected,” the charity’s emergency coordinator for Borno, Kerri Ann Kelly, told AFP.

“Until there’s more protection it will be very hard to operate. It’s a fairly exposed area... I had 19 people up there that day, lying on the ground going on for 90 minutes, so security drives the mission.”

MSF, the UN children’s agency Unicef and the International Committee of the Red Cross were among those providing emergency food, medical care and other programmes to some 80,000 people in Rann. Of those, about 55,000 were living in a camp for people displaced by the Islamist insurgency, which began in 2009 and has ravaged the northeast, killing at least 20,000.

 

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