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Killings prompt charity to withdraw from Somalia

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 07 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:299
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    The “unprecedented and shocking” killings of three aid workers from Medécins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Somalia on 28 January has left humanitarian organisations “baffled and concerned” and led to an exodus of aid workers, including all the agency’s international staff.

    Those killed were a Kenyan surgeon, Victor Okumu, 51, French logistician Damien Lehalle, 27, and their local driver, Mohamed Abdi Ali, 28. They all worked for the recently established Kismayo emergency surgical project. Dr Okumu and Mr Lehalle had been there for less than a month.

    An initial assessment …

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