Relief Work Resumes in Refugee Camps


An international relief group said Friday it was resuming its activities in Somali refugee camps in northeastern Kenya following assurances that the government would provide increased security.

Medecins Sans Frontieres said in a statement it had suspended some of its projects in the region after its workers were attacked on several occasions by armed bandits. The group announced in early July that a Belgian medical team had been held hostage and robbed at gunpoint in Hagadera.

The Kenyan government has agreed to provide police protection for MSF teams and humanitarian convoys and to step up security in high-risk zones, the statement said.

It said 29 MSF workers would resume work on Monday in camps sheltering almost 110,000 refugees who have fled civil war and famine in neighboring Somalia.

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