MSF Suspends Some Work in DRC Town

A Medecins Sans Frontieres banner. The organization has suspended some of its operations in Masisi, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by: Stephen Downes / CC BY-NC

The international medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres has suspended some of its operations in the town of Masisi in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo following an attack on its residential compound there.

MSF said one of its staff members was wounded and its team left in shock when armed men attacked the compound on the night of Nov. 20. The incident has also prevented the team from carrying out its field medical activities, according to Gaël Hankenne, head of MSF’s mission in the DRC’s capital city, Kinshasa.

“To maintain the safety of its teams, MSF has been forced to suspend the project’s mobile medical activities until further notice,” the aid group said in a statement condemning the attack. “MSF will continue to provide a minimum level of emergency support at the Masisi General Referral Hospital.”

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