No casualties among patients or staff Paris, March 30, 2012 —Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) condemns the shelling of Daynile Hospital today in Mogadishu, Somalia. Fighting began in the morning in the Daynile neighbourhood, located in an outlying area of Mogadishu. The shelling struck the hospital’s emergency room and part of its surgical ward, causing significant damage. There were no casualties among the hospital’s 19 patients, 36 medical personnel, and 12 guards, all of whom sought shelter in the internal medicine department. MSF calls on the parties to the conflict to respect the neutrality of Daynile Hospital, along with that of all medical facilities in Somalia, and to respect the safety of the hospital’s patients and staff. MSF has worked in Daynile Hospital since 2006, and in Somalia since 1991. In 13 humanitarian aid projects throughout the country, the organization provides medical care to address the ongoing emergency, conducts immunization campaigns, and runs feeding programs. MSF also aids Somali refugees in camps located in Dadaab, Kenya and Dolo Ado, Ethiopia.
MSF calls for safe release of aid workers MSF aid workers Blanca Thiebaut and Montserrat Serra were abducted in Dadaab, Kenya on October 13, 2011, while providing humanitarian assistance to Somali refugees. MSF calls on all Somalis, the diaspora, community leaders, and especially the authorities in control of areas in Somalia where its kidnapped colleagues are being detained, to do everything possible to facilitate their safe release.