UN / NIGERIA AID WORKERS

23-Jul-2020 00:01:11
The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria Edward Kallon “condemned the gruesome killing of four aid workers and a security guard by non-state armed groups,” according to a spokesperson. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / NIGERIA AID WORKERS
TRT: 1:11
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 23 JULY 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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JULY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
"And from Nigeria, our humanitarian coordinator and resident coordinator Edward Kallon condemned the gruesome killing of four aid workers and a security guard by non-state armed groups. The five were abducted last month while traveling on a main route connecting the town of Monguno with Maiduguri in Borno State. Mr. Kallon stressed that, at a time when humanitarians need to have reached unprecedented levels, aid workers and the assistance they provide to the most vulnerable make the difference between life and death for entire communities. Nearly eight million people were in need of life-saving assistance in the north-east at the beginning of the year, and today 10.6 million people are in urgent need of support as the conflict-affected states battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Kallon urged all armed parties to step up their responsibilities and stop targeting aid workers and civilians.”

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3. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior
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The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria Edward Kallon “condemned the gruesome killing of four aid workers and a security guard by non-state armed groups,” according to a spokesperson.

Speaking at virtual press conference today (23 Jul), UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the five were abducted last month while traveling on a main route connecting the town of Monguno with Maiduguri in Borno State.

According to Dujarric, Kallon stressed that, “at a time when humanitarians need to have reached unprecedented levels, aid workers and the assistance they provide to the most vulnerable make the difference between life and death for entire communities.”

Nearly eight million people were in need of life-saving assistance in the north-east at the beginning of the year, and today 10.6 million people are in urgent need of support as the conflict-affected states battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Kallon urged all armed parties to “step up their responsibilities and stop targeting aid workers and civilians.”
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