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April 4, 2008
This article is part of the Spring 2008 issue of the MSF Alert newsletter.
Three MSF staff were killed in a bomb attack on January 28, 2008, in Kismayo, southern Somalia.
“Humanitarianism is about valuing life. Paying with your life while doing this work is unimaginable. Humanitarian action is an act of kindness. That this should happen is utterly cruel and utterly unjust.”
— Marilyn McHarg, General Director of MSF-Canada, speaking at the memorial service for Damien, Victor, and Mohamed.
Victor was a committed surgeon with more than 14 years of experience. He worked with MSF from 2002 to 2008 in South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Darfur, and Somalia, and had joined the MSF Kismayo project at the beginning of this year. Victor was married with five children–three sons and two daughters.
Damien had worked with MSF as a logistician since 2006. Before he arrived in Somalia in early January of this year, he had worked with MSF in Katanga, the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he made a strong impression.
Mohamed Abdi Ali (Bidhaan)
Mohamed Abdi Ali, called Bidhaan, was working for MSF as a driver for the international team in Kismayo. He was married with three children, and his wife is expecting their fourth child in a few months. Bidhaan’s mother and father still live in Galgudud region, which is where he was originally from.