Mogadishu - One week after the death of two World Food Program staff members and an aid worker, two staff members of Doctors Without Borders were killed in the capital of Somali. The government labels the killings as isolated incidents.
Philappe Havet, age 53, was a Belgium national and the country director for the medical agency, while Andrias Karel Keiluhu, age 44, was from Indonesia and one of the agency's medical doctors. One worker died in the aid agency's compound while the other died following his surgery later on that evening, reported The Star.
The remaining medical staff of Doctors Without Borders, called in French the "Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), " were relocated for security reasons. However, they are still planning on continuing emergency medical assistance in numerous areas of Somali, including Mogadishu, where the shootings took place.
The Star reports that a Somali logistics officer from Doctors Without Borders had been fired this past Wednesday over accusations of medical theft. He returned to the agency office the next day with a gun, shooting and killing the two medical staff members in retaliation.
The international agency, Doctors Without Borders, has been in the city of Mogadishu, Somali, providing emergency assistance to stricken people who have been displaced by war and hunger. The area is considered a peaceful city,even though it is located in a country filled with violence with aid workers viciously being targeted.
On December 18, a prominent broadcast journalist was shot to death, assassinated for reporting the news in Somali, according to a local journalists' union. Many journalists are living in Nairobi, Kenya, in self-imposed exile as they are fearful for their lives. In recent years, over two dozen journalists have been killed.
Doctors Without Borders is a humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization. It is best known for providing assistance for developing countries struggling against endemic endemic diseases and war-torn areas, brought together in 1971 by French doctors and journalists. The agency is located in Geneva, Switzerland.
“MSF will be relocating some staff for security reasons, but remains committed to continuing our humanitarian work in Mogadishu and elsewhere in ,” the group said in a statement Friday, published by Washington Post.
In 2007 over 26,000, mostly local, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, logistical experts, water and sanitation engineers and administrators provided medical aid in over 60 countries. Private donors provide about 80% of the organization's funding, while governmental and corporate donations provide the rest, giving MSF an annual budget of approximately US$400 million. (Wikipedia)