Haiti - Insecurity : Following the execution of a patient, MSF suspends its activities at the Raoul Pierre Louis hospital
It was in the emergency room that the attackers seized a patient lying on a stretcher who had just been admitted for a gunshot wound. They violently took him out of the hospital and finished him with a bullet in the head about ten meters from the establishment.
"This is the second time we have this kind of incident in this hospital,” says Benoit Vasseur, MSF’s head of mission in Haiti, referring to an incident that occurred on 14 August 2022. “We are again shocked by this act of brutal retribution, which violates all humanitarian principles and the protection this patient should have had inside a medical structure," said MSF Haiti mission coordinator Benoît. Vasseur, in reference to the violent execution of a patient also released from the hospital emergency room on August 14, 2022 https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-37434-icihaiti-msf-a-patient-extracted-from-a-hospital-and-coldly-executed-by-armed-individuals.html adding Faced with this unacceptable level of violence, we have no other choice than to temporarily suspend all our activities in Raoul Pierre Louis hospital. We will suspend activities for as long as we cannot guarantee the safety of our staff and patients."
Médecins Sans Frontières teams have been working tirelessly for more than 30 years in Haiti to treat the poorest communities. MSF urges armed men, whoever they are, to respect the medical mission; whether it concerns the injured and the personnel treating them, the centers that receive them or the ambulances that transport them.
This event occurred on the day marked by demonstrations and riots that broke out in several districts of the capital and its surroundings https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-38706-haiti-flash-high-tension-and-panic-in-port-au-prince.html . At the Médecins Sans Frontières emergency center in Turgeau, 6 gunshot wounds were received that day in just a few hours, including a high school student who had already died on his arrival. In this context, access to emergency care must be protected more than ever.
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