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Kidnapped Two Spanish Workers From Doctors Without Borders in Kenya

by A9YnD1LV3R on 13/10/11 at 11:55 pm

Two Spanish workers from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) were kidnapped in Kenya on Thursday, sources confirmed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Javier Cifuentes Lopez, a senior official of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kenya and the NGO. In a brief statement, the president of MSF Spain, Jose Antonio Bastos, strongly condemns the attack and said that the NGO is in constant contact with the relevant authorities.

The two Spanish workers are de Palafrugell (Girona) and Madrid. They belong to the MSF logistics apparatus and worked in the construction of a hospital for the camp, as reported by the director of operations of the entity, Raquel Ayora, no questions asked in a statement to reporters. The Catalan Monteserrat called Serra, 37, and secondary teachers.

Both were traveling in a vehicle that was assaulted and killed by an armed group Thursday in the Kenyan refugee camp in Dadaab, in the area of ​​the Ifo refugee camp, about 100 kilometers from Somalia. A driver who was injured is hospitalized and stable. It has established a crisis team to manage the incident MSF.

Affairs is doing “all actions necessary” to secure the release of the two Spanish aid workers and stressed the need to maintain “maximum discretion” to ensure their safety and get your “early release”, as expressed in a statement.

The vehicle they were traveling was assaulted by an armed group

For its part, the Kenyan authorities, who believe that behind the kidnapping is Al Shabab, the Somali militia linked to Al Qaeda, have deployed two helicopters to search for the abducted.

Blog MSF participates in Solidarity, an initiative of open 20minutos.es donors and NGOs working abroad to improve the living conditions of the poor.

A crisis team

The NGO, which has not been able to give more information about what happened or confirm the nationality of the missing personnel, has established a crisis team to manage the incident. According Affairs, the Spanish Embassy in Nairobi and is making all necessary arrangements.

In recent weeks, Kenya has been several kidnappings of foreigners in areas near the border with Somalia, in civil war since 1991. That year he created the complex refugee camps in Dadaab, the world’s largest. Today, by population, would be the third largest city in Kenya.

It currently houses nearly 500,000 Somali refugees who have fled insecurity and drought plaguing the Horn of África.Un Care organization driver was kidnapped in a refugee camp in Dadaab.

Safety depends on the Kenyan government and almost all field workers are under escort. An exception is MSF, who often travel without protection issues of independence.

In recent weeks several foreigners have been kidnapped in Kenya

The last precedent of kidnapping a Spanish citizen in this region took place in late 2007, when the doctor Mercedes Garcia and Pilar Bauza Argentina nurse, MSF workers also remained in captivity for seven days in the semiautonomous region of Puntland (Somalia ).

According to a Kenyan television, the kidnappers would be members of the Somali Islamist group Al Shabaab. Kenyan police also suspect this group linked to Al Qaeda and has proceeded to seal the border between the two countries, as reported by Reuters.

As indicated by the agency of the Police Commander of the Eastern Province, Leo Nyongesa, “two women MSF aid workers were kidnapped for this afternoon by suspected militants of Al Shabaab in the Dadaab refugee camp,” but no one has claimed responsibility for the assault yet.

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