The Federal Government of Somalia is deeply saddened by the decision of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to withdraw its operations from Somalia. Federal Government of Somalia recognizes the invaluable contribution MSF has had on Somali territories during the darkest periods of its history. Their hard work, commitment and perseverance resulted of many lives being saved.
“We are deeply thankful and extremely indebted to MSF for the extraordinary work they have done in Somalia. Their involvement over the past 20 years has provided life saving services to the most inaccessible communities. We understand the many challenges MSF have faced over the years and stress that the new Somali Government is ready to help overcome them” Dr. Maryan Qasim, Minister of Human Development and Public Services.
Federal Government of Somalia reiterates its commitment and is working towards providing secure working environment to all aid agencies so they are able to provide the life saving services they do.
Dr. Maryan Qasim strongly encouraged and seriously requested that MSF review its decision. “It is unfortunate that this decision will directly affect the lives of thousands of vulnerable people. We fear that this decision will lead to a catastrophic humanitarian crisis”.
This decision of MSF has created a critical vacuum that needs to be filled. Dr. Maryan Qasim urgently requests international community and donor countries to offer their support.
Somali news leader