Statement by Minister of International Development regarding murder of International Committee of the Red Cross health worker in Nigeria


October 18, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement in response to the murder of an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) health worker in Nigeria:

“We mourn the senseless death of Hauwa Mohammed Liman, a midwife working with the International Committee of the Red Cross, at the hands of Boko Haram. Ms. Liman’s murder comes one month after her ICRC colleague, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, was executed in similar circumstances. The two were abducted together with a third health worker, Alice Loksha, a nurse who worked in a centre supported by UNICEF.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my sincere condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of both of these extraordinary women, and we implore those still holding Alice Loksha to release her swiftly, safely and unconditionally.

“Every day, thousands of humanitarian and health workers in the most dangerous places on earth bring much-needed relief and care to people caught in dire situations. They risk their lives to provide assistance to others and, too often, pay the highest price of all. The commitment and professionalism that they put into their work is remarkable.

“Canada honours the essential work that humanitarian and health workers provide and urges world leaders to take action to protect aid workers delivering critical assistance in dangerous situations.”  


Justine Lesage
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Development

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