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SOMALIA – Doctors Without Borders(MSF) pulls out of the country

Doctors without Borders, known by their French initial as MSF, are pulling out of Somalia after operating in the country for more than 22 years. In announcing the pullout MSF on Wednesday complained that armed groups are killing and abducting aid workers. Since 1991, dozens of attacks resulted in the deaths of 16 Doctors Without Borders staff in Somalia. Two MSF employees who were kidnapped in a Kenyan refugee camp near the border and held in Somalia for almost two years were released last month. The Aid group also accused civilian leaders of condoning or even supporting the attacks.
The decision to leave Somalia comes after the release from prison of a Somali man convicted of killing two MSF staff. In December 2011 a Somali employee of MSF who recently learned his contract would not be renewed shot and killed a Belgian and an Indonesian worker at an MSF compound. MSF said though the assassin was convicted and sentenced to 30 years, authorities released him from prison after only three months. Analysts say that the pullout underscores the violence that persists in a Somalia that is emerging from decades of anarchy and violence amid military gains against Islamist insurgents.
Some two dozen local journalists have been killed since the start of 2012. In June, a truck bomb and gunfire attack on the main U.N. compound in Mogadishu killed eight U.N. employees and five Somali civilians. Doctors Without Borders warned that the pullout will cut off hundreds of thousands of Somali civilians from humanitarian aid.


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