MSF delegation visits Mogadishu
On 29 May 2016 a high level delegation from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) visited Mogadishu, Somalia, with the aim of having an open dialogue with the Somalia government and exploring the conditions and commitments that might allow MSF’s future return to Somalia.
During this visit, MSF met with the Prime Minister of Somalia and with the Presidents of Puntland and South West State. Further appointments were made to meet with other regional leaders. MSF has not decided on a re-engagement in Somalia as yet, and will take an informed decision after talking to all actors and conducting further assessments and negotiations over the next couple of months.
After having worked continuously in Somalia since 1991, MSF closed all its medical humanitarian programmes in Somalia in August 2013 as a result of a series of extreme attacks on its staff in different parts of Somalia. As medical organisation, MSF did not take the decision to pull out from Somalia in August 2013 lightly given the level of medical needs of the populations.
Since then, MSF has continuously monitored the humanitarian situation in the country and assessed whether conditions have evolved sufficiently to allow MSF to operate in a manner that would ensure the safety of our teams on the ground as well as respect for , our patients and health facilities.
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