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DRC: MSF Staff Attacked in North Kivu
November 21, 2011
Kinshasa, November 21, 2011—Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) strongly condemns an attack on the MSF team working in Masisi, North Kivu Province, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The medical aid organization has suspended a portion of its operations in the Masisi area and is concerned about the fate of its patients.
During the night of November 20 and into the next morning, a number of armed men forced their way into the MSF residential compound and opened fire. One member of the MSF team was wounded by a bullet to the shoulder. He was treated by his colleagues and is now in stable condition.
“In addition to the shock experienced by our team,” said Gaël Hankenne, MSF head of mission in Kinshasa, “this incident prevents us from properly carrying out our field medical activities and so negatively affects the local population.”
MSF has been present in DRC since 1981 and delivers primary and specialized hospital care in health facilities and through mobile medical clinics throughout the country.