Islamist insurgents in Nigeria have released a video of six Christian aid workers begging for their lives after being kidnapped by a jihadist group in a raid last week.
In the three-minute video, a woman who identifies herself as Grace, sits alongside five men, who she describes as her colleagues from the humanitarian group Action Against Hunger, which provides food aid to poor communities around the world.
“I beg Nigeria and our organization Action Against Hunger to please do something and see that we are released,” she says. “All six of us are staff. We have families, some of us have children. Please do something to release us. I am begging on behalf of all of us here, Nigeria should not allow [us to be killed.]”
The Paris-based charity confirmed on Twitter that a staff member, two drivers and three health workers working for a local ACF program were seen in the video.
In a statement, the group said it “demands the liberation of its staff member and her colleagues.”
“These are humanitarian workers who chose to devote their lives to helping the most vulnerable communities in Nigeria and they are only motivated by the values of solidarity, humanity and neutrality,” it added. “Their abduction fully contradicts International Humanitarian Law and internationally recognized standards for the protection of humanitarian workers and organizations.”
The six aid workers went missing after a July 19 attack on a convoy near the town of Damasak in the northeastern state of Borno in which one driver was killed. Boko Haram, the Islamic State’s West Africa branch, is believed to be responsible for the attacks. The hostages are believed to be held in the ISWAP enclave on the shores of Lake Chad in the far north of Nigeria.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett