The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed the Nigerian government’s decision to investigate the accidental bombing of a displaced persons’ camp in Borno state, northeastern Nigeria, by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
This was contained in a statement by UNICEF’s director for emergency programmes, Manuel Fontaine, made available to newsmen in New York on Tuesday.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Air Force, had as part of its campaign against the militant group Boko Haram, Tuesday, accidentally bombed Rann, a settlement for the displaced victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in the state of Borno.
The accidental bombing left few dead while scores of displaced persons and humanitarian workers including staff of the global medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), sustained various degrees of injuries.
“UNICEF is deeply concerned by the loss of life in Tuesday’s tragic incident in Rann, Borno State. Our thoughts are with all those who were injured. These deaths, in a remote area of northeastern Nigeria, where protracted conflict has caused extreme suffering and triggered a severe malnutrition crisis, underline the importance of protecting civilians in complex humanitarian emergencies,” said the statement.
“UNICEF stands in solidarity with our humanitarian colleagues, and the dangerous conditions they work in. The aid workers who lost their lives were working to save others. UNICEF remains committed to deliver aid to the more than four million children and their families in the region who are in desperate need of help.”