Belgian NGO to stay in Iraq

24th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

24 September 2004, BRUSSELS - The Belgian section of the international aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without borders) said on Friday it would stay in Iraq.

24 September 2004

BRUSSELS - The Belgian section of the international aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without borders) said on Friday it would stay in Iraq.

The decision comes on the day when two new kinappings were announced in Baghdad.

On this occasion the victims were Egyptian men.

It also follows the reported execution of two Italian hostages who had been working for a pacifist, non-governmental organisation called A Bridge For Baghdad.

Although the Italian government said there had been no evidence to confirm the reports, two statements on the internet on Thursday said Simona Pari and Simona Torretta had been killed.

The women, who were both 29 years old, had been kidnapped from their office in Baghdad by an armed man.

Most other NGOs have since pulled out their workers from the Iraq, believing they can no longer guarantee their security.

But, Medecins Sans Frontieres Belgium, intends to stay in Sadr City, the Shiite area of Baghdad, where it manages three clinics, an ambulance service and supports a local hospital.

Several of its expat workers, mainly Belgians, have confirmed that they will remain in their posts.

The decision to stay has surprised commentators since two months earlier the Belgian charity pulled out of Afghanistan after the murder of five workers, including a Belgian doctor, all of whom worked for Medecins Sans Frontieres Holland.

MSF says it still considers Afghanistan to be a more dangerous place than Iraq.

[Copyright Expatica 2004]

Subject: Belgian news

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