DRC: MSF suspends its activities in Bambu in Ituri following an attack on one of its vehicles


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“This is unacceptable, we condemn all forms of violence against the medical mission, our patients and our staff,” said Frédéric Lai Manantsoa, ​​MSF head of mission in Ituri. “We are shocked by this news and alarmed by the violence raging in Ituri province. This is the second serious incident in recent months, this time involving a vehicle clearly identified as medical and humanitarian. ”

The convoy came under fire as it clearly displayed MSF’s name and emblem. MSF teams work according to the humanitarian principles of impartiality, neutrality and independence.

Last June, MSF expressed its outrage at the destruction and looting of the general referral hospital in Boga, which was the last health facility in the district. MSF had coordinated his rehabilitation, with many years of effort that flew away in minutes.

“Violence against civilians is a constant reality in this region and insecurity is increasing, but we must always try to reach people who need medical care,” Manantsoa said.

The suspension of activities further reduces the limited health care options for the residents of Bambu. In Ituri, MSF supports three general hospitals, 12 health centers and four health posts, as well as 32 community health posts in the health districts of Drodro, Nizi and Angumu. The teams provide pediatric care and mental health services, treat malnutrition and malaria, and help survivors of sexual violence.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Médecins sans frontières (MSF).

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Sara H. Byrd

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