Mali: Doctors without Borders suspends activities in Kidal region
By Mohammad Ibrahim
July 4, Abuja: After a third robbery of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) compound in Kidal on the night of 26 June and an attempted break-in of MSF’s warehouse on Saturday 24 June, the organization has suspended all its activities in the region.
In Kidal, MSF has assisted people living in and around the town, through supporting several health centers with medicine and staff, undertaking mobile clinics in remote areas and supporting a referral system for severe cases. “Considering that this is the third such robbery in a little over a month, and that a violent robbery was recently attempted at our warehouse in Kidal, we are forced to suspend all our activities until the safety situation improves. This is a difficult decision to make as humanitarian aid remains absolutely essential in the Kidal region and MSF is one of the few organizations present on the ground”, explains Mari Carmen Viñoles, MSF’s program manager for the Sahel region.
“We remain committed to the people of Kidal and we call on the local authorities to ensure a safe working environment for humanitarian organizations and medical mission so that we can resume our activities”. Insecurity is a general problem in the Kidal region and similar incidents have affected several NGOs over the past few months. In addition, criminals act with total impunity since none of the last robberies have been solved. This type of criminal act seriously undermines assistance to those in need.
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