The brutal killing of a 24-year-old midwife in north-east Nigeria has shocked the international humanitarian community, raising concerns that aid to millions of people could be withdrawn.
On Sunday 14 October, journalists in Geneva were contacted by highly anxious officials at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The organisation had received a warning that a young Nigerian midwife who had been working in a Red Cross-supported health centre was about to be executed.
Hauwa Mohammad Liman was abducted in March in north-east Nigeria, together with two other health workers.
Behind the scenes, the ICRC worked for their release, but in September a first health worker, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, was killed. Journalists scrambled to report the ICRC’s plea for mercy for the others.
In an unprecedented move, the Red Cross, an organisation which traditionally avoids the media spotlight, named the people holding Hauwa as the ISWAP, (Islamic State West African Province group), and begged for her life.