MSF withdraws from Darfur 13/03/09

All sections of MSF Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the international humanitarian aid organisation, are withdrawing almost all international staff from projects in Darfur as a result of the abduction of its staff.

Only an essential skeleton team will remain to follow the case of the abducted MSF colleagues. A number of Sudanese staff will also be relocated for now.

This evacuation will mean an interruption to many of MSF's essential medical services in Darfur. MSF is extremely worried both for our abducted colleagues and for the populations the MSF teams had been providing medical aid.

MSF confirmed yesterday that three of its international staff were abducted in Serif Umra, the Sudanese province of North Darfur. Two MSF Sudanese staff were also taken at the same time, however, they have since been released.

The three international staff abducted are a Canadian nurse, an Italian doctor and a French coordinator. All three were working for the Belgian section of MSF.

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