Kenya Red Cross Suspends its Activities in Dadaab Refugee Camp

Following an attack on the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) E- Plus ambulances in the Refugee Camp by gunmen who shot at the vehicle several times on Monday 28th January 2013, thus injuring the paramedic on board, the KRCS will today Tuesday 29th January 2013, suspend its services in the Dadaab IFO2 East and West Refugee camps.

The Society will use the day to reflect on the way forward following the attack on the driver and the paramedic along the Dagahley - Dadaab as the duo were returning to the KRCS Base Camp, after transporting a woman in labour from Block D (Ifo 2 East) to the maternity in Ifo 2 West. Kenya Red Cross Society has been providing humanitarian services in the world's largest refugee camp for over one year, after the iNGOs withdrew their services following the abduction of two MFS staff in the camp.

The Society will, however, not endanger the lives of its staff and volunteers and asking the leadership of the host community to assist in finding the perpetrators of this inhuman act. The KRCS activities in the camps include the provision of services in health, water, sanitation, shelter, relief among other services. The Society has notified all the relevant stakeholders of the same. Meanwhile, the KRCS fraternity wishes the injured colleague a quick recovery and is proud of the brave driver who managed, under the circumstances, to drive to safety and attended to his injured colleague. More updates will follow