“Intolerable” threat of violence forces Médcins Sans Frontières to pull out of Somalia

Posted on August 16, 2013 • Filed under: Africa, Tourist Warning, Travel Health

Al Jazeera reports that international medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has announced it will pull out of Somalia saying the threat of deadly violence had become intolerable. The withdrawal of MSF, or Doctors Without Borders, is a blow to the government’s effort to persuade Somalis and foreign donors that security is improving and a stubborn insurgency is on the wane. “The closure of our activities is a direct result of extreme attacks on our staff, in an environment where armed groups and civilian leaders increasingly support, tolerate or condone the killing, assaulting and abducting of humanitarian aid workers,” Unni Karunakara, MSF’s international president, told reporters in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Wednesday. Read article

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