International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement deplores the death of Nigerian Red Cross Society aid workers in Rann, Nigeria

Published: 18 January 2017

 The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is deeply saddened by the death of a number of Red Cross aid workers following an airstrike on the town of Rann, near the border of Nigeria and Cameroon.

The Movement extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of all those killed or injured. The safety of every humanitarian worker must be protected.

At least six volunteers were killed, and 13 more wounded, although both figures may rise as more updated information is received. In addition to aid staff, it is estimated that 70 people have been killed and more than hundred wounded.

The volunteers were in Rann as part of a humanitarian operation bringing food and other aid to more than 25,000 displaced people.

Aid workers must be able to operate safely, and be allowed to deliver vital assistance where it is needed, without fear of losing their lives.

For further information or interviews, contact:

Nwakpa O. Nwakpa, Nigerian Red Cross Society, tel: +234 803 473 62 00,  

Benoit Matsha-Carpentier, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 46 96 or +41 79 213 2413

Elodie Schindler, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 21 86 or +41 79 217 32 17

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network, reaching 150 mil­lion people each year through its 190 member National Societies. Together, the IFRC acts before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. It does so with impartiality as to nationality, race, gender, religious beliefs, class and political opinions.