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11/06/2004

Medicins sans Frontieres leaving Iraq

Medicins sans Frontieres is withdrawing from Iraq due to security concerns, especially insurgent attacks on humanitarian workers. Its international staff left two weeks ago, and its 90 Iraqi staff will soon be discharged. MSF had provided significant health care to Sadr City. Its absence increases the severity of the humanitarian crisis precipitated by the impending assault on Fallujah, partially explaining its withdrawal:

"It generally can be said that from the very beginning the coalition forces regard humanitarian organisations as a force multiplier, in other words, to meet their political and military goals. And we cannot accept this at all," she added.

 

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