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Kenya: MSF staff abducted

Update: Yesterday, Thursday October 13, an MSF team suffered an attack in Dadaab, Kenya. One of the MSF drivers, Mohamed Hassan Borle, age 31, was injured during this attack; his medical condition is stable, he is out of danger and remains hospitalized.

Staff named

Montserrat Serra, age 40, from Girona (Palafrugell) © MSF

Two international staff, both Spanish, were taken. As yet, MSF has not been able to establish contact with the two staff taken. A crisis team has been set up to deal with this incident.

The two Spanish colleagues abducted are Montserrat Serra, age 40, from Girona (Palafrugell) and Blanca Thiebaut, age 30, from Madrid, both working as logisticians for MSF in the Dadaab refugee camp. Their families have been informed. MSF is calling on all media to respect the privacy of the families in this difficult time.

"We are in regular contact with the families of our colleagues involved and relevant authorities since the first moments. We are doing all we can to ensure their safe and swift return. Our thoughts are with them and their families", says José Antonio Bastos, president of MSF in Spain.

Aid jeopardised

Following the attack, MSF has evacuated part of its team working in Dagahaley and Ifo, two of the three refugee camps in Dadaab. As a consequence, crucial medical activities had to be stopped. However, MSF is still maintaining its life-saving activities.

Blanca Thiebaut, age 30, from Madrid © MSF

 

This attack is jeopardizing the assistance to thousands of people in urgent need of humanitarian aid and a quick and satisfactory solution is necessary.

No further comment

These incidents call for prudence and discretion.  In order to facilitate the best and swiftest resolution of the incident, MSF will not provide further information for the moment nor will it comment on statements, rumors or public information related to it. MSF is also calling on all actors involved to refrain from commenting publicly about this incident.

“The current publicity around the incident is particularly unhelpful, for it can only hurt the families and jeopardize efforts to get our colleagues back”, says Bastos.

MSF has been providing medical assistance in Dadaab in 2009.


MSF confirms that this morning, Thursday October 13, an MSF team suffered an incident in Dadaab, Kenya. 

One driver was injured during the incident; he is currently hospitalised and stable.  Two international staff, both Spanish, were taken.  As yet, MSF has not been able to re-establish contact with the two staff taken.  A crisis team has been set up to deal with this incident, and the families have been informed.

"We strongly condemn this attack", says José Antonio Bastos, the president of MSF-Spain. "MSF is in contact with all the relevant authorities and is doing all it can to ensure the swift and safe return of our colleagues. Meanwhile, our thoughts are with them and with their families in this difficult time".

In order to ensure a rapid and safe resolution of the incident, MSF will not provide any further information for the moment.
 

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