Alice Ngaddah, is a nurse and mother to two children together with Hauwa Mohammed Liman (midwife) and Saifura Husseini Ahmed (midwife) have been in captivity since 1st March, 2018. They are aide workers linked to two international aid organizations, United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF and the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC respectively. The three aide workers were abducted the same night at a military facility in Rann, Kala Balge, Borno state when forces of the Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP, a breakaway faction of Boko Haram Terror group overran the facility, killing and injuring scores of service men and some aid workers, forcing other military officials to escape into neighbouring Cameroon.
Earlier in May, 2018, the captive aid workers released a joint letter https://bit.ly/2LtTs8I . In a very recent audio recording exclusively obtained by this reporter the abductees pleaded with government to intervene and secure their freedom ahead of an undisclosed deadline set by their abductors. The audio recording, voiced in English language is reproduced here:
“To all our fellow Nigerians, we are pleading for God’s sake come and vindicate us from this captivity. We are children of the nation. Today, being Saturday, the 13th of August (however Saturday was 11th August) come and vindicate us. Our organizations, we were there for the vulnerable, but today we are vulnerable.
“Come and hear our cry for mercy, our family, our children. The nation at large needs us back. They are giving us their last warning, that after this they will take action that will shock everyone. For the sake God, for the sake of Allah, President (Muhammadu Buhari) come to our rescue and help us and vindicate us. Help us, we are three: nurse and two midwives captured in Rann, Kalabalge on the 1st March, 2018 (while) working with UNICEF and Red Cross organizations. The world powers, whatever you can do, come and help us. We are really vulnerable. We need your help. We need your help. Have mercy and help us.”
When this story was first broken by this reporter last May https://bit.ly/2whvAjM , both international agencies under which the abductees worked for tried washing their hands off the fate of the abductees. Specifically, the ICRC stated that “even though they were not employed by us, we at ICRC are concerned for the two midwives as they worked alongside us. We demand that they be released immediately and unconditionally,” according to the ICRC’s Communications coordinator in the region, Aleksandra Matijevic.
Written by Ahmad Salkida