Mercy Corps, an international humanitarian organisation, has commended the Nigerian government for ensuring the free passage of one of its senior staff, Joel Onyeke, from the war-torn Gaza Strip.

The Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Corps, Tjada D’ oyen McKenna, in an appreciation letter to Minister of Foreign Affairs Yusuf Tuggar, said: “We want to thank you sincerely for your attention and swift action after our recent request for your advocacy and assistance in facilitating the safe passage of our team member, Mr. Joel Onyeke, out of Gaza.

“After three harrowing weeks in a United Nations Development Programme bunker, on November 1, Onyeke safely crossed the Rafah border crossing from Gaza into Egypt and by November 3, he was reunited with his family in Abuja.”

Onyeke, a cash advisor with Mercy Corps, was the only foreign national team member employed in Gaza.

Mercy Corps also thanked the Federal Government of Nigeria for the support, while stressing the need for a humanitarian corridor for aid delivery to Gaza as well as the safe passage of foreign nationals out of Gaza.

McKenna said: “There is more work to be done to ensure the safety of all citizens in Palestine and Israel. We are hopeful for an end to this crisis soon so that communities can begin to rebuild, humanitarian actors can continue to work for a stronger and more inclusive economy.”

Mercy Corps commends Nigerian government’s Gaza intervention

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