MSF says staff member shot dead in Central African Republic; suspends activity in the area

pharmafile | May 20, 2016 | News story | Medical Communications Central African republic, MSF 

The medical aid charity Doctors without Borders (MSF) said it is suspending activities in the Central African Republic (CAR) following an attack on its team in which a staff member was shot dead by armed men.

MSF said it will discontinue operations in the area until such time as it receives adequate guarantees for the safety for its staff and the acceptance of its medical and humanitarian activities, the charity said on its website. 

Armed men stopped two vehicles being used by MSF in Kouki, 82 kilometers (51 miles) north of Bossangoa, on May 18 and robbed the staff and patients of personal belongings and medication. One of the drivers was shot and killed during the incident, MSF said.

MSF started providing free medical care in CAR in 1997. The charity runs 17 projects across the country.

Anjali Shukla

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