29 January 2013

Kenya Red Cross Suspends Activities in Dadaab Refugee Camp

Photo: Red Cross
Red Cross personnel (file photo): Kenya Red Cross have suspended their services in Dadaab refugee camp.

Nairobi — The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has suspended humanitarian activities in Dadaab IFO2 East and West Refugee camps following an attack on its ambulances.

In a statement, the society points out that gunmen shot at an ambulance on Monday several times injuring the paramedic on board.

The incident happened as the driver and the paramedic in the ambulance were returning to the Base Camp, after transporting a woman in labour to the maternity in Ifo 2 West.

"Following an attack on the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) E- Plus ambulances in the Refugee Camp by gunmen who shot at the vehicle several times on Monday 28th January 2013, thus injuring the paramedic on board, the KRCS will today Tuesday 29th January 2013, suspend its services in the Dadaab IFO2 East and West Refugee camps," the statement said.

"The society will use the day to reflect on the way forward following the attack on the driver and the paramedic along the Dagahley - Dadaab as the duo were returning to the KRCS Base Camp, after transporting a woman in labour from Block D (Ifo 2 East) to the maternity in Ifo 2 West."

Kenya Red Cross Society has been providing humanitarian services in the world's largest refugee camp for over one year, after a number of NGOs withdrew their services following the abduction of two MFS staff in the camp.

In the statement, the society says will not endanger the lives of its staff and volunteers and called on the leadership of the host community to assist in finding the perpetrators of the inhuman act.

The KRCS activities in the camps include the provision of services in health, water, sanitation, shelter, relief among other services.

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