MSF relocates staff from northern Kenya due to security concerns


Rising insecurity in northern Kenya has forced Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to pull out a third of its staff from Dadaab refugee camp and relocate them to Nairobi.
The humanitarian organization said Thursday that it pulled out 42 staff from the world’s largest refugee camp in a preventive measure and will only return if they are assured of their safety.

This is a preventive measure which will unfortunately have a direct impact on our ability to provide the much needed medical assistance to the refugees, said the organization in a statement issued in Nairobi.

Two health posts out of four have already been closed as a result and some medical services such as antenatal care have been suspended, said the statement.

MSF said it will continue to evaluate the situation hoping that security in the camps for the refugees and the staff can be assured.

Once guarantees have been obtained, MSF can return to full activities as soon as possible, it said.

The announcement follows a spate of threats and attacks by suspected Al-Shabaab militants. On Tuesday, the attackers ambushed a police convoy in Yumbis which is in the same county as Dadaab, killing one officer and injuring many others.