Central African Republic Soldier Kills MSF Worker

The employee was shot multiple times by a member of the Central African Republic army in Moyenne-Sido, located in the prefecture of Ouham.

An employee of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) was shot dead last Saturday, May 28, 2022, by a soldier of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, in the northwest of the country gripped by civil war, the organisation stated. 

The 46-year-old employee, Mahamat Ahamat, worked for the French humanitarian organisation, Doctors Without Borders, as a medicine dispenser in Moyenne-Sido town, 500 km to the north of the capital, Bangui, and near the border with Chad.

The organisation says he was off-duty and at home when the incident occurred at around six in the morning. Adding that “the exact circumstances are still to be clarified, but we know that Mahamat was shot three times and died of his wounds in Kabo hospital a few hours later”.

“He was killed by a member of the Central African Republic army”, said  Romain Briey, chief of mission of MSF Spain, in the country.

Medecins Sans Frontieres condemns with the strongest firmness, the murder and appeals to the authorities to clarify the circumstances which led to the murder of our colleague”, the French organisation said in a statement.

The organisation also said that it was in contact with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Defense, and other concerned authorities to understand the circumstances which led to the situation. 

Contacted by journalists, the Bangui regime said it was not yet ready to make a statement on the killing.

The Central African Republic has been the theatre of a very deadly civil war since 2013.

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