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Nigeria: Red Cross Volunteers among Lives Lost in Airstrike

We are deeply saddened by the news from Nigeria that among the lives lost in today’s airstrike were at least nine Red Cross volunteers. The incident took place near the border with Cameroon and Chad, where Red Cross volunteers were bringing desperately needed food for more than 25,000 displaced men, women and children. Many of the casualties from the air strike are believed to be internally displaced people who fled from areas where Boko Haram carried out attacks. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is coordinating medical emergency efforts with relevant authorities and other aid actors.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of all those who were killed in the attack, including the dedicated Nigerian Red Cross volunteers.

For updates, follow @ICRC_Africa.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.