Statement: The Centre expresses its sadness and alarm at the killing of a staff member of Médecins Sans Frontières.

Statement: The Centre expresses its sadness and alarm at the killing of a staff member of Médecins Sans Frontières.
Photo credit: Amandine Colin/MSF

22/05/20
News

The Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action expresses its sadness and alarm at the killing of a staff member of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the injuring of two others during an outbreak of violence in Pieri, South Sudan, where the organisation runs a primary healthcare facility.

Fighting broke out on 16 May, at least 50 community members were injured and the number is expected to rise.

MSF remains committed to providing essential healthcare in this region, but has had to temporarily suspend services due to the violence.

“Sadly, attacks on healthcare facilities are becoming more common. We urge all warring factions to respect international humanitarian law, which includes respecting the neutral work of humanitarian organisations including our partner MSF”, said Prof. Karl Blanchet, Director of the centre.

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