The International Committee of Red Cross has honoured two nurses — Hauwa Liman and Saifura Hussaini — abducted and killed by Boko Haram in Rann, Borno State with Florence Nightingale Medals.
The medals were given to the parents of the deceased by the President of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Bolaji Anani, and the Head of Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Mr Eloi Fillion, in Maidugiri.
Liman and Hussaini were abducted in Rann where they were working as midwives for the ICRC in March 2018.
Fillion said, “The award immortalises the outstanding contribution and ultimate sacrifice in serving humanity of Ms Hauwa Liman and Ms Saifura Hussaini. Since 1912, there is no higher international honour in the nursing profession.
“It recognises exceptional courage and devotion to victims of armed conflict or natural disaster. This year, 29 outstanding nurses from 19 countries have been awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal. The recipients were nominated by their respective National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society and selected by a commission comprising the ICRC, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Council of Nurses.”
According to him, Florence Nightingale is considered as the founder of modern-day nursing and helped victims of war in the 19th century. In recognition of her pioneering work in nursing, the Nightingale Pledge is taken by new nurses, and the annual International Nurses Day is also celebrated on her birthday.
“The devotion of Ms Hauwa Liman and Saifura Hussaini to their people, for whom they gave their lives has profoundly moved thousands of people around the world and deeply impacted the International Committee of the Red Cross as well as the people the organisation assists.”
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