MSF reconsiders Somali operations after fatal attack

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 04 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e19
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

The murder of two senior staff members in Mogadishu last week has led the international medical aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to reconsider whether it can continue working in the violence prone and famine affected country.

On 29 December a disgruntled former employee entered the charity’s Somalia headquarters with a gun and opened fire, killing the country director immediately and mortally wounding a senior doctor.

The country director, 53 year old Philippe Havet, was an experienced emergency coordinator from Belgium who had worked with MSF since 2000 in many countries, including Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, …

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