MSF calls for release of kidnapped workers in Somalia

Medical agency Doctors Without Borders on Saturday made a renewed call for the safe release of two Spanish workers who were kidnapped in Somalia in October.

The Switzerland-headquartered group, also known by its French name, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), is currently mulling whether to stay in war-torn Somalia, one of the most dangerous places in the world for aid workers.

“As we consider this dilemma, MSF is requesting that all people, especially the authorities in control of areas in Somalia where our kidnapped colleagues are being detained, do everything possible to facilitate [their] safe release,” MSF international head Unni Karunakara said in a statement.

Blanca Thiebaut and Montserrat Serra were seized in mid-October in Kenya’s giant Dadaab camp, some 100 kilometres from the Somali border and home to thousands of Somali refugees, and taken to Somalia by their captors.

MSF has been working in Somalia since 1991, providing medical care including nutritional support and vaccination campaigns, as well as aiding the hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees who have fled to surrounding nations.

According to the United Nations, three Somali provinces are in a state of famine and some 250  000 people risk starving to death.

On December 29, two other MSF workers — a Belgian and an Indonesian –were killed in a shooting in its Mogadishu compound.

“These attacks on aid workers must be condemned in the strongest of terms”, MSF said in a statement. “They put in jeopardy life-saving medical projects that are already far from adequate in addressing the scope of the medical needs of the Somali population.” — Sapa-AFP

Staff Reporter
Guest Author

Workers fight job-creation ‘mess’

Former Ekurhuleni workers argued in court that a programme promising to equip them with skills simply acted as a labour broker for the municipality

Court dissolves local municipality

Landmark judgment paves the way for South Africans to use legal system to hold councils responsible

Mabuza’s ‘distant relative’ scored big

Eskom’s woes are often because of boiler problems at its power plants. R50-billion has been set aside to fix them, but some of the contracts are going to questionable entities

ANC faction gunning for Gordhan

The ambush will take place at an NEC meeting about Eskom. But the real target is Cyril Ramaphosa

Press Releases

New-style star accretion bursts dazzle astronomers

Associate Professor James O Chibueze and Dr SP van den Heever are part of an international team of astronomers studying the G358-MM1 high-mass protostar.

2020 risk outlook: Use GRC to build resilience

GRC activities can be used profitably to develop an integrated risk picture and response, says ContinuitySA.

MTN voted best mobile network

An independent report found MTN to be the best mobile network in SA in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Is your tertiary institution is accredited?

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education, which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Is your tertiary institution accredited?

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education, which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

VUT chancellor, Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi, dies

The university conferred the degree of Doctor of Science Honoris Causa on Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi for his outstanding leadership contributions to maths and science education development.

Innovate4AMR now in second year

SA's Team pill-Alert aims to tackle antimicrobial resistance by implementing their strategic intervention that ensures patients comply with treatment.

Medical students present solution in Geneva

Kapil Narain and Mohamed Hoosen Suleman were selected to present their strategic intervention to tackle antimicrobial resistance to an international panel of experts.