A medical aid worker, Hauwa Liman has been killed by the Islamic State West Africa Province, a faction of Boko Haram. Hauwa’s death comes less than a month after a 25 year old midwife, Saifura Ahmed was killed by the terrorists.
The 24-year old Hauwa, who worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross, moved to Rann to help vulnerable women in need when she was abducted alongside two of her colleagues during a raid on a military facility in March 2018.
During the attack, Hauwa had sent an audio to one of her friends, demanding that her parents be informed that she had been kidnapped. Sadly, she was murdered on the 15th of October, after the expiration of the terrorist’s deadline for a ransome.
Hauwa’s parents, in a chat with Channels TV said, they were yet to believe that she is dead because they didn’t expect her to be killed so suddenly.
According to her father, they will not believe she is dead until they see her corpse. Like her dad, Hauwa’s mother is still struggling to believe the sad news.
“Up to this moment, my mind has not told me that my daughter is dead,” she said, noting that the time Buhari gave to pay the ransome was too close to when her daughter was killed.
“If a person wants money and they agreed to give him the money, is he supposed to do this? Another thing is they (Hauwa and her colleagues) are humanitarian workers and are not supposed to be killed, and they are women. Why were they killed? And the ICRC had already pleaded with them to spare their staff and they even rendered them help as humanitarian workers.”
“If this truly happened then it’s wrong. And, me, I strongly believe, that my daughter is not dead. The government should investigate; if this girl is still alive, they should just bring her back. I don’t need anything except my child. If they can try and confirm that my daughter is well and alive, they should bring her back; that’s all,” she told Channels TV.
Meanwhile, Reuters reported that the ICRC organization that Hauwa worked for decided not to pay the ransome demanded by the terrorists because it would set a dangerous pattern for the 16,000 aid workers it deploys worldwide.
The ICRC regional director for Africa, Patricia Danzi said, “We are a humanitarian organization so we cannot enter into such kind of negotiations. So we always ask for unconditional release. And that’s what we did. That was the plea.”
Hauwa, a young and energetic nurse – full of life, didn't deserve to have her life cut short.
She was truly dedicated to her work helping vulnerable women in her family's home area.
The news of her death breaks our hearts. 💔https://t.co/WP6KICs8Nt
— ICRC Africa (@ICRC_Africa) October 16, 2018
Hauwa was only 24 when she was murdered. Saifura was killed on her 25th birthday.
Both were midwives in northern Nigeria, an area of great need. They were courageous, compassionate and dedicated to helping others.
This is a glimpse of what their families loved about them.
— ICRC (@ICRC) October 17, 2018