It is with great sadness that Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) marks one year since our colleagues Philippe Havet and Andrias Karel Keiluhu (“Kace”) were murdered in Mogadishu.
Philippe, a 53-year-old emergency coordinator from Belgium, and Kace, a 44-year-old medical doctor from Indonesia, were working with MSF teams to provide emergency medical assistance to people affected by the conflict in Somalia.
“Philippe and Kace are greatly missed and today we extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to their families and friends,” said MSF General Director Christopher Stokes.
Following their tragic murders, MSF closed two large medical centres in Mogadishu. MSF continues to operate 10 projects throughout Somalia and provides medical and humanitarian aid to thousands of Somali refugees in camps across the border in Ethiopia and Kenya.
MSF aid workers Blanca Thiebaut and Montserrat Serra remain held against their will in Somalia after they were abducted from Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, on October 13, 2011. MSF again condemns this act of violence and demands their immediate release.