Doctors Without Borders (MSF), an international medical humanitarian organization, has expressed horror over the assassination of one of its employees, Mohammed Hassan, by armed men in Zamfara State, northwest Nigeria.
Mohammad Hassan, a 37-year-old nurse employed by MSF in Shinkafi, Zamfara State in northwest Nigeria, was killed on October 2 when armed persons opened fire on the public vehicle in which he was traveling, according to a statement released by MSF on Wednesday.
The news of our colleague’s death left the entire organization “shocked and extremely heartbroken,” according to the statement. At this unfortunate time, our sympathies are with his family and friends.
We are supporting them in these difficult circumstances.”
The statement went on to say that Mohammad’s terrible death was an example of the escalating violence in northwest Nigeria, which is wreaking havoc on people’s lives and forcing thousands of people to flee their homes.
“MSF condemns the attack and asks for the respect of civilians and humanitarian workers,” the statement stated.
“MSF provides medical humanitarian aid to the people of Anka, Gusau, and Zurmi in Zamfara state.
MSF teams in Shinkafi administer a therapeutic feeding center with 33 beds and an inpatient paediatric section at the Shinkafi main hospital.
We also provide mental health consultations and provide care for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.”