New York, NY, June 29, 2020 — We are deeply shaken by reports of a release of a video showing an IRC Nigeria colleague in captivity. The colleague in the video is a humanitarian aid worker, dedicated to assisting children affected by conflict in Nigeria. We appeal to his captors to release him immediately and without condition. Aid workers must never be a target. The IRC is working to secure the safe return of our colleague to their family.
The IRC has been working in Nigeria since 2012 and began working in Northeast Nigeria in 2014.
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities. Learn more at www.rescue.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.