World Health Organization says doctor kidnapped in northern Mali

World Health Organization says doctor kidnapped in northern Mali
World Health Organization says doctor kidnapped in northern Mali

Published on: 24/01/2023 – 17:43

The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that one of its doctors had been abducted in Mali, adding that the motivation behind an attack on his car was unclear.

“We deplore the kidnapping of WHO colleague Dr Mahamadou Diawara, who was abducted by unidentified assailants from his car on January 23, in the town of Ménaka, in northern Mali,” said the WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press conference in Geneva.

Tedros said the UN health agency was working with local authorities to find out what happened on Monday, adding: “Health workers should never be a target.”

In a press release, the WHO said it had deployed Diawara in Ménaka since the beginning of 2020.

He led efforts to provide medical care to communities that were often isolated and faced risks of insecurity and violence.

“The driver of his car was also attacked, but the attackers left him behind and he is recovering from the incident,” the statement said.

“The reason for the abduction is unclear.

“WHO sends its condolences to the family of Dr Diawara and is working with local authorities to investigate the abduction and ensure the speedy return of our colleague to his family.”

Mali is in the throes of a nearly 11-year-old security crisis sparked by a regional revolt in the north that turned into a full-fledged jihadist insurgency.

Thousands of people have died, hundreds of thousands have fled their homes and devastating economic damage has been inflicted on one of the poorest countries in the world.

Since August 2020, Mali has been ruled by the military, which has led to a break with France, the country’s traditional ally, and closer ties with Russia.


The article is in French

. The world organization health declares that a doctor summer kidnapped in north Mali

. World Health Organization doctor kidnapped northern Mali

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