In what they described as “message of blood,” Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria executed a 25-year-old Red Cross worker, Saifura Husseini Ahmed, and have threatened to execute others, including a Christian teen girl, soon.
The execution of Ahmed was recorded on video and released by the Barnawi faction of Boko Haram. According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, the terrorists tied up the aid worker and shot her from behind. She was a midwife with the International Committee of the Red Cross who had been abducted in March along with two other aid workers.
Ahmed leaves behind a husband, a two-year-old son, and a five-year-old daughter.
The Boko Haram group claimed the execution was prompted by the Nigerian government ignoring written and audio messages. They also said, “The other nurse and midwife will be executed in similar manner in one month, including Leah Sharibu.”
Sharibu was kidnapped, along with about 100 other young women, from a girls’ school in Dapchi. While most of the other girls were released, Sharibu was held back reportedly because she refused to renounce her Christian faith and embrace Islam.
Sharibu, who has refused to renounce her Christian faith and embrace Islam as a condition for her freedom, has become the face of several international campaigns around the world.
Eloi Fillion, the head of the Red Cross delegation in Abuja, said the relief group is “devastated” by the murder of its worker. “Saifura moved to Rann to selflessly help those in need. Our thoughts are with her family and other loved ones at this incredibly difficult time,” he said.
Fillion urged the terrorists to release the other women, colleague Hauwa Mohammed Liman and UNICEF’s Alice Loksha. “Like Saifura, they are not part of the fight. They are a midwife and a nurse. They are daughters, a wife, and a mother — women with families that depend on them,” he said.
“Their families and friends miss them dearly and will not give up the hope of seeing them again soon. There is no ideology or religious law that could justify doing any harm to them.”