Abuja bomb blast victims’ evacuations go on; UN continues humanitarian operations

Sep 1, 2011

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Abuja, Nigeria - The United Nations family in Nigeria is continuing its efforts to support victims of the bomb blast which claimed the lives of 23 people on Friday 26th August 2011. 14 of those critically injured have been evacuated to South Africa.

Procedures have been put in place to facilitate travel to South Africa for family members, some of whom have already arrived. The UN Security Services and the UN Country Team is equally on ground in South Africa providing support and assistance to these families.

Assistance is being given to the families of the deceased in coordination with the Nigerian authorities. In collaboration with the Nigerian Ministry of Health and Federal Capital Territory, a team of UN doctors is working with medical personnel in the clinics and hospitals in Abuja where the injured remain under care.

A dedicated 24-hour counseling service and hotlines have been set up by the United Nations to support families, UN staff and anyone affected, and every effort is being made to assist bereaved families and those injured during this horrific incident.

"This devastating attack has taken the lives of our colleagues and partners and maimed many people all of whom were in the building in the pursuit of service to others" said UN Resident Coordinator Daouda Toure. "Their sacrifice will not be in vain; we will strive to pursue our work, the work for the people of Nigeria as prescribed in the UN Charter, which says ‘we the people’. We identify with the people and only the people."

The United Nations will continue on its mission to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms. Over the past seven days, agencies in the UN Country Team have been assisting the Nigerian government in responding to cholera outbreaks and providing emergency supplies to distressed families as a result of natural or man-made disasters.

The UN program delivery also continues to focus on job creation, poverty alleviation, democratic governance, reproductive and maternal health for all in line with our contribution to the government’s transformation agenda for a prosperous Nigeria for all as set in the Vision 2020.

Contact information

Sina Chuma-Mkandawire 0803 659 0895 chuma@ilo.org
Martins Dawes 08100 54639 mdawes@unicef.org
Maimouna Mills 08102541465 maimouna.mills@undp.org
Blessing Ejiofor 0706 408 0010 bejiofor@unicef.org
Kelechi Onyemaobi 0705 296 5692 kelechi.onyemaobi@gmail.com

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