Medical Aid Group Suspends Work in Somali Area, Returns to Libya

A Médecins Sans Frontières vehicle. MSF has canceled its operations in Mogadishu, Somalia, due to security concerns but is looking to resume its work in Benghazi, Libya. Photo by: Photo by: knutteq / CC BY knutteqCC BY

Médecins Sans Frontières has suspended its operations in an area of Mogadishu, Somalia, due to security concerns. The medical aid group, meanwhile, is looking to resume its work in Benghazi, Libya.

MSF said March 29 that it was forced to suspend its work in Mogadishu’s Medina area indefinitely following two grenade attacks this month in the aid group’s compound in that area.

“Following these incidents, we need to re-engage with local authorities and communities to re-evaluate if acceptable security conditions can still be guaranteed,” Joachim Delville, MSF head of mission, said in a statement. “MSF calls upon all parties in Somalia to respect the lives of the civilian population and to ensure that humanitarian workers can safely access people in need.”

Meantime, seven MSF staff members have returned to Benghazi, Libya, after being forced to withdraw on March 15 due to security concerns.

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“They are planning to resume assessments of medical needs and, where required, provide support in the form of medical personnel and materials,” according to March 26 statement of the aid group.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.