Sudan: Violent attacks on medical facilities in West Darfur
El Geneina Teaching Hospital front entrance. No weapons allowed in the facility. West Darfur, Sudan, March 2022. © Nargiz Koshoibekova/MSF
¨The violent attacks started in Kreneik over the weekend, from where our teams received confirmation that the hospital that we support was attacked in Kreneik. Three people, including two medical workers were killed. The hospital´s pharmacy was also looted. Doctors Without Borders teams were not present at the facility at the time, having returned to our permanent base in El Geneina on the 19th of April.
Yesterday, El Geneina Teaching Hospital, in West Darfur’s capital city, in which Doctors Without Borders staff were working experienced a violent intrusion, with shooting taking place inside the facility, including the ER. One hospital staff was killed, and health workers, including those from Doctors Without Borders, were evacuated.
We are shocked by these attacks and send our sincere condolences to the families of those who have been killed. We condemn these deadly intrusions in the strongest possible terms. In conflict, medical structures and staff are protected – this has to be respected by all parties to any conflict at all times.
As a result of the ongoing violence and insecurity in the different parts of West Darfur, including these deadly attacks on two hospitals, Doctors Without Borders teams have not been able to reach the health facilities we support or nor conduct mobile clinic activities their activities in El Geneina and we cannot return to Kreneik. We are incredibly worried about the impact this will have on people, who have faced waves of violence, preventing them from seeking the medical care they need, and leaving them in dire need of assistance even prior to this attack.
Our teams are closely following the security situation to ensure that we can start working to provide much needed medical care and humanitarian assistance as soon as it is safe to do so. “
Doctors Without Borders has different projects in West Darfur state. We provide humanitarian assistance and primary healthcare services to both the internally displaced and local communities through fixed and mobile clinics in and around EL Geneina city. We also support El Geneina Teaching Hospital and have recently started supporting the internally displaced and host communities in the Kreneik locality through mobile clinics and by supporting the main healthcare facility in Kreneik town.
Doctors Without Borders has been working in Sudan since 1978. In recent years our operations are focusing in Khartoum, Gedaref, Blue Nile, Kassala, East Darfur, West Darfur, South and Central Darfur states, with emergency teams launching interventions in other areas as needed.