Boko Haram: At least 110 civilians ruthlessly killed in Borno – UN

It is unfortunately one of too many such attacks targeting farmers, fishermen and families who are trying to recover some livelihood opportunity after over a decade of conflict.
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Boko Haram/Islamic States of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists

On Sunday, the United Nations added its voice to those calling for and denouncing the barbaric act committed on innocent farmers in the Koshobe village of Borno State's Mafa Local Government Area in northeastern Nigeria.

The UN may also have chosen not to keep quiet on the massacres, disclosing that at least 110 people were ruthlessly killed and several others were injured in the attack.

Mr Edward Kallon, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, speaking for the United Nations, says he is outraged and appalled by the horrific assault on civilians carried out by non-state armed groups in villages near Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.

His words:

“In early afternoon of 28 November, armed men on motorcycles led a brutal attack on civilian men and women who were harvesting their fields in Koshobe and other rural communities in Jere Local Government Area. Reports we are receiving are indicating these innocent farmers were the victims of this callous violence.

“I extend my sincere condolences to the families of the civilians who lost their lives in this atrocious attack. I also wish a speedy recovery to those who were wounded in the incident.

“We have also received reports that several women may have been kidnapped. I call for their immediate release and return to safety.

“My thoughts are also with the rural communities in the area, who are shocked by the brutality of yesterday’s attack and fear for their safety.” Mr Kallon said.

The entire UN system and the humanitarian community working to provide life-saving and development assistance to the most vulnerable in the state of Borno, he said were appalled by the incident.

Such direct attacks on innocent citizens, he said, jeopardize the ability of the most marginalized people to survive the adversity that they face and that the United Nations is seeking to mitigate.

“The incident is the most violent direct attack against innocent civilians this year. I call for the perpetrators of this heinous and senseless act to be brought to justice.

“It is unfortunately one of too many such attacks targeting farmers, fishermen and families who are trying to recover some livelihood opportunity after over a decade of conflict.

“I strongly condemn this attack and any act of violence against innocent civilians and I firmly urge all actors on the ground to respect international laws and humanity,” Mr. Kallon added

He noted that rural communities are facing untold difficulties in the state of Borno.

“Helping them to farm land and rebuild livelihoods are amongst our priorities and the only way to avoid the looming food crisis in Borno State. They and all other civilians need to be protected and spared from any kind of violence.”

The humanitarian coordinator said there is a need for government and all humanitarian actors to do their utmost to support victims of crises, most of whom are poor, to survive the challenges they face, especially at a time when food insecurity is high in the state of Borno.