Two Doctors Without Borders Staff Abducted in Ituri, DRC on June 2nd Are Free

Valérie Batselaere/MSF
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Geneva, June 11, 2005 - The two members of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-Switzerland who were abducted north of Bunia in the Ituri district of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on June 2 have been freed by their abductors this morning. They are in good health and have been safely reunited with the MSF team in Bunia.

MSF wishes to express its gratitude towards all the people who participated in the liberation process. In particular, MSF wants to thank the various communities of Bunia and Ituri who have shown a great deal of support and have mobilized massively. MSF emphasizes that the release was secured without conditions.

Since 2003, MSF teams have been conducting emergency medical activities for all people of Ituri regardless of race, ethnic or religious affiliation, while respecting the most basic rules of humanitarian intervention independently from all military and political actors.