Citing threats, Doctors Without Borders pulls out of Somalia after 22 years

  • Article by: JASON STRAZIUSO , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 14, 2013 - 10:25 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya — In announcing a pullout from Somalia after 22 years, Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday that armed groups are killing and abducting aid workers. And in a scathing indictment of Somalia's leadership, the aid group accused civilian leaders of condoning or even supporting the attacks.

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williewabbitAug. 14, 13 7:38 AM

Al Queda groups want to live in the stone age and it looks like they are one one step closer to achieving that goal in Somalia. Islamic terrorist's goals are so bizarre. They enjoy guns and cell phones but don't want a female surgeon or first world government services. I think DWB should have left a long time ago after their first doctor was abducted and killed. Good for them and I hope they can send those doctors to an African country without religious extremism.

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obamacoolaidAug. 14, 13 8:10 AM

williewabbit you forgot that most of the upper level al queda that get captured ironically/hypocritically get caught with mass amounts of pornography as well. This is extremely sad, and al queda are only part of the problem, local warlords are worse over there. It really is just anarchy & war with countless innocent casualties.

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tholmquistAug. 14, 13 9:14 AM

Lets pull out of these areas and leave a sign: "When you decide to join the human race, give us a call. Until then you are on your own".

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popcornz1Aug. 14, 13 9:23 AM

apparently the doctors do have borders. Somalia is the most failed of all failed states. I understand why everyone wants to leave there and hope they can go somewhere safe and give themselves and their kids a chance.

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remmy1010Aug. 14, 1311:33 AM

Such a beautiful people.

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dewarfAug. 14, 1312:04 PM

"Goes against the narrative of Somalia emerging..." Whose narrative? This entire region of the world has collapsed under the Obama administration. Sure our State Department would like us to believe that somewhere, something is getting better (certainly not Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Russia, Egypt, Syria, North Korea, etc.). But ask the folks on the ground, not someone with a political agenda. D w/o B if by far more reliable than some "narrative".

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simplicity1Aug. 14, 13 2:40 PM

More concerned about shooting they neighbor than helping. What makes places like this dangerous? What is the common denominator?

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mnmolhedAug. 14, 13 8:59 PM

Ohh no are they leaving the place that is ruled by the religion of peace?

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unsinnAug. 28, 13 7:35 AM

I'm surprised. Keith Ellison visited Somalia last February, and was very optimistic about the region.

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sgtsmashAug. 30, 13 3:42 PM

And we have the largest Somali population outside of Somalia. Jeez, the system is broken. Send these hadjis packing.

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