On Friday 19 April, 2019, British aid worker Faye Mooney was killed when gunmen stormed a vacation resort in Kaduna State, Nigeria, where she was visiting on holiday. During the attack on the Kaijuru Castle resort, a local man was killed and three others were kidnapped.
CEO of Mooney's employer, the aid organisation Mercy Corps, Neal Keny-Guyer, commented on the loss: “We are utterly heartbroken. Faye was a dedicated and passionate communications and learning specialist who had worked with Mercy Corps for almost two years, devoting her time to making a difference in Nigeria, supporting our teams and the communities we work with to tell their stories of impact, and leading efforts to counter hate speech and violence. A graduate of University College London and the London School of Economics who had taught in Iraq and worked in Kosovo to combat human trafficking, Faye was deeply committed to fostering cross-cultural collaboration and was an inspiration to us all.
We extend our deepest sympathy to those who have been affected by this senseless tragedy, including her family, friends and all of our team members in Nigeria who knew her and loved her. Our programme operations in Nigeria will continue, but our priority focus at this time remains on the care of the family of our beloved team member and our team in Nigeria."