UN pays tribute to victims of Nigeria blast

29 Aug 2011

imageThe car bomb attack at the United Nations compound took place 26 August, 2011. (Photo: AFP / HENRY CHUKWUENDO)

A minute of silence was observed for the victims of Friday's deadly car bomb attack at the United Nations compound in Abuja, Nigeria.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro and UNDP Africa head Tegegnework Gettu visited with UN staff over the weekend and met with Nigerian officials in Abuja. Migiro, along with the Nigerian Foreign Minister, also visited the UN House, where she laid flowers and observed a minute of silence.

“These are unarmed civilians who have dedicated their lives to helping the people of Nigeria.  Our thoughts are with them and their families at this terribletime,” said Helen Clark, head of UNDP.

Nigerian and international rescue teams have provided emergency aid and moved those injured to hospitals.

Migiro told reporters Sunday that the men and women who work in the United Nations House are here only to help. “This was an attack on a working community that was helping the people of Nigeria – plain and simple. Amongst the UN colleagues I saw today in hospital there was a very clear message. They wanted their vital work to continue."