Statement: Action Against Hunger calls for the immediate release of Grace Taku

Paris, 16 January 2020 – Action Against Hunger welcomes the release of the five aid workers kidnapped in northeast Nigeria on December 22, 2019. Despite this positive news, we remain extremely concerned for the life of Grace Taku, who has been held hostage since July 18, 2019. Action Against Hunger calls for her immediate release.

Grace was working with Action Against Hunger in northeast Nigeria when she was abducted on July 18 with five colleagues. One of the abuductees was assassinated by their captors on September 25 and four others on December 13.

“Grace is the only survivor of the group held since July 18, 2019. We reiterate our appeal and plea for Grace’s safe release,” said Pierre Micheletti, the President of Action Against Hunger France.

Action Against Hunger is currently providing food assistance every month to approximately 300,000 people in northeast Nigeria who lack livelihoods and access to food. In addition, we are reaching thousands more with lifesaving health and nutrition services.