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    UN Says Attack on Food Envoy by Insurgents May Affect Life-Saving Supplies' Delivery

    The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon has said that the attack on its food envoy by insurgents jeopardised many lives and could cause limitations on the delivery of life-saving supplies to victims of the insurgency.

    The World Food Programme (WFP), an agency of the UN, had earlier confirmed an attack on its food convoy which was taking food to Internally Displaced Persons in Ngala, Borno State on Saturday, December 16.

    Kallon in the statement made available to Channels Television on Tuesday, condemned in strong terms the ambush on the convoy carrying humanitarian food supplies to conflict-affected persons.

    He expressed worries over the limitations that attacks of this nature may have on the delivery of life-saving supplies to people in need in north-east Nigeria.

    “Violence against convoys carrying humanitarian aid is unacceptable and can result in concerning limitations in our ability to provide life-saving relief to those who need it the most.

    “We must ensure the safety of aid workers and aid convoys across the north-east of Nigeria, so people in need of assistance can access it in a timely manner and in sufficient quantity. Many lives are at risk,” he said.

    "The Nigerian Army on Monday, December 18 also reacted to attack noting that those killed in the attack were civilians and that no United Nations staff were killed in the attack, the TV news site reports.

    "Kallon said further that the United Nations and its partners operate in the north-east of Nigeria in order to provide life-saving assistance to 6.9 million people affected by the brutal conflict. Humanitarian operations are carried out following the four basic humanitarian principles of operational independence, humanity, impartiality and neutrality and should be respected as such.

    "Since January 2017, despite major challenges, humanitarian operations in north-east Nigeria have managed to assist over 5 million conflict-affected people in the states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, including 3 million with food security interventions, 936,000 with nutritional support, 5 million with health care assistance, and over 1.3 million with safe drinking water", Channelstv.com reports.
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