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MSF suspends non-emergency care in CAR in response to attacks on staff


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MSF suspends non-emergency care in CAR in response to attacks on staff

Medicins Sans Frontieres has suspended all but emergency care in the Central African Republic.

The organisation said it was “dismayed” at the government’s failure to condemn the raid on one of its clinics in Boguila, which left 16 people dead.

Arjen Hehenkamp is director of MSF in the Netherlands: “MSF has suffered 115 attacks in 12 months across the country. This forces us to basically to position ourselves very, very clearly in order to avoid that it becomes even worse and that we have to take more drastic measures.”

Four MSF staff were killed in the armed robbery and four other shot as the attackers approached the clinic.

Thousands of people have been killed in inter-communal violence between Muslim Seleka rebels and Christian militia and more than one million people have fled the fighting.

The suspension is expected to last a week and includes non emergency work in Chad, Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo.

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