DRC: Doctors Without Borders condemns an attack against one of its vehicles and suspends its activities in Bambu, Ituri
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This is unacceptable - we condemn all forms of violence against the medical mission, our patients and staff. We are shocked by this news and alarmed at the violence that is raging in the province. This is the second serious incident that has occurred in the past few months - this time involving a vehicle clearly identified as medical and humanitarian. Violence against civilians is constant fact of life in this area and insecurity is growing, but still we need to try to reach people who need medical care.Frédéric Lai Manantsoa, Head of Mission
The convoy came under fire even though it was clearly showing the Doctors Without Borders name and emblem. Doctors Without Borders teams work according to the humanitarian principles of impartiality, neutrality, independence.
Last June, Doctors Without Borders expressed its outrage at the destruction and looting of the General Referral Hospital of Boga, which was the last remaining health facility in the district. Doctors Without Borders had coordinated its rehabilitation, with many years of effort going up in smoke in a matter of minutes.
Doctors Without Borders’ activities in the health zone of Bambu are temporary suspended.
In Ituri, Doctors Without Borders supports three general hospitals, 12 health centers, four health posts and 32 community health posts in the Drodro, Nizi and Angumu health districts. We provide pediatric care and mental health services, treat malnutrition and malaria and assist survivors of sexual violence.