Three employees working for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, have been killed by an armed group in the Tigray region in Ethiopia.
In a statement released by MSF, the organisation said it was mourning after receiving confirmation of the death of three colleagues who were working to assist displaced people in Tigray.
The three staff are Maria Hernandez, Yohannes Halefom Reda, and Tedros Gebremariam Gebremichael.
Maria Hernandez, 35, from Madrid, Spain, was the emergency coordinator. She started working for MSF in 2015 in the Central African Republic, and since then, she has worked in Yemen, Mexico, and Nigeria.
Yohannes Halefom Reda, 31, from Ethiopia, was the assistant coordinator who joined MSF in Feb 2021.
Tedros Gebremariam Gebremichael, 31, from Ethiopia, had been a driver for MSF since May 2021. MSF reported that they were travelling when they lost contact with them.
By morning, their vehicle was found empty and a few metres away, their lifeless bodies, MSF said in the statement.
“No words can convey our sadness, shock and outrage against this horrific attack. Nor can words soothe the loss and suffering of their families and loved ones, to whom we relay our deepest sympathy and condolences; we are in close contact with their families and ask for the utmost respect and privacy for the families at this incredibly difficult time,” the organisation said.
“We condemn this attack on our colleagues in the strongest possible terms and will be relentless in understanding what happened. The death of Maria, Yohannes and Tedros is a devastating blow to all of us, both in Ethiopia and in other countries where we operate around the world.”
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