Central African Republic: Fresh attack on MSF in Ndélé

Médecins Sans Frontières

Médecins Sans Frontières

LONDON, 3 June 2014 – PRNewswire Africa – The medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has just evacuated a number of staff members from the city of Ndélé in the north of Central African Republic (CAR) following a fresh attack on its staff and facilities.

Around 1:30 in the morning yesterday (2 June), four armed men entered the MSF house in Ndélé as part of a violent armed robbery. “We’re appalled by the aggression that our teams are being subjected to. We remain determined to bring medical aid to the people of CAR, but under minimum conditions that must respected by the parties to the conflict. Failing that, we can’t do our jobs,” says Javier Eguren, head of mission for MSF in CAR.

Part of the team has been evacuated from Ndélé as MSF evaluates the situation and negotiates the prospect of continuing its activities in the area with local authorities. “We carry out more than 1,600 consultations here weekly, and about a third of them are for children under five years old. MSF is the only healthcare provider in the city, so the impact of our departure would be tragic for this community,” says Javier Eguren.

Just a month after a massacre in Boguila that left 18 civilians including three MSF workers dead, this most recent attack against MSF staff and property bespeaks the difficulties that humanitarian organisations are facing. From December 2012 to March 2014, MSF teams have been victim to some 115 security incidents in CAR.
SOURCE Medecins Sans Frontieres(MSF)

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