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.