Doctors quit Mali after robberies spate

Mali peace prospectsFrom RUDD KONTE in Bamako, Mali

BAMAKO, (CAJ News) – VOLUNTEER doctors have suspended activities in Mali after a string of robberies by militants.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders said it had been forced to take action after a third robbery of its compound in the northern Kidal recently and an attempted break-in of its warehouse last Saturday.
“Considering that this is the third such robbery in a little over a month, and that a violent robbery was recently attempted at our warehouse in Kidal, we are forced to suspend all our activities until the safety situation improves,” said Mari Carmen Vinoles, MSF’s programme manager for the Sahel region.
“This is a difficult decision to make as humanitarian aid remains absolutely essential in the Kidal region and MSF is one of the few organisations present on the ground.”
Insecurity is a general problem in the Kidal region and similar incidents have affected several NGOs over the past few months.
In addition, criminals act with total impunity since none of the last robberies have been solved, Vinoles said.
“This type of criminal act seriously undermines assistance to those in need.”
In Kidal, MSF has assisted people living in and around the town, by supporting several health centres with medicine and staff, undertaking mobile clinics in remote areas and supporting a referral system for severe cases.
MSF has been present in the Kidal region since 2015.
Turmoil has characterised the West African country of 18 million following a coup in 2012. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta’s government has battled to bring stability.

– CAJ News

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