12 March 2009
KHARTOUM -- Médecins Sans Fronti‘eres/Doctors Without Borders said it was evacuating almost all its staff from Sudan after three workers of its Belgian branch were kidnapped yesterday in Darfur, in the western part of the country.
“We’re evacuating out of Khartoum to the countries of residence,” said Fabienne de Leval, deputy general-director of MSF-Belgium. “We will be leaving a skeleton team” to try to resolve the kidnappings, she said by telephone from Brussels.
Unidentified gunmen kidnapped a Canadian nurse, an Italian doctor and a French coordinator working for MSF-Belgium yesterday in north Darfur. Two Sudanese colleagues were freed after being held briefly. The kidnappers have demanded a ransom, the state-controlled Sudan Media Centre reported, without citing anyone. MSF has received no ransom demands, de Leval said.