Network for Health Equity and Development (NHED) joined the global community to celebrate the World Humanitarian Day campaign tagged ‘’#NotATarget’’ to advocate for the protection of the lives of civilians in conflict zones and also for the need to respect international humanitarian laws in war or conflict regions.

The activities included a solidarity road walk led by Director-General of NEMA, Engr Mustapha Maihaja and attended by key government agencies like Federal Road safety, the Nigerian Army, National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP), Civil Defense, The United Nations and ECOWAS representatives in Nigeria and other Civil Society Organisations working on humanitarian interventions .  The road walk was followed by solidarity messages at a press briefing.

During the press briefing, representatives of key organizations took time to highlight the challenges that victims of conflicts and those that offer humanitarian assistance face. They applauded the work of humanitarian organisations and pledged to continue their support. They however advocated for more support from national and international organisations in order to meet the growing needs the internally displaced people and refugees as well as measures to safeguard the safety of lives of workers providing humanitarian services.

DG NEMA and representatives of the FRSC Boss and representative of the Nigerian Chief of Army staff during the walk


Representative of the ECOWAS Commission delivering a ‘’good will message’’


NHED Team members after the walk


Dr Emmanuel Sokpo, NHED Country Director in the midst of other NGO representatives at the Press briefing