Frédérick Lai Manantsoa, head of the Médecins Sans Frontières Mission in Boga, Democratic Republic of Congo, condemned the increasing insecurity in Ituri Province.
On Monday (June 7), a hospital in Boga Health District, Ituri Province, Congo, was set on fire by armed groups. Since then, thousands of people are now deprived of health care. Frederic Rai Manansoa, head of Médecins Sans Frontières Boga, condemned the growing insecurity in the province that has been under siege for more than a month.
Under what circumstances was the attack on Boga Hospital carried out?
In the region, the two conflicts have overlapped for many years: On the one hand, the ADF (Allied Democratic Forces, an Islamic rebel organization from Uganda) is leading a brutal invasion. On the other hand, there are strong tensions between communities. All this is unclear. At around 1 pm on June 7, the hospital was ransacked and set on fire during a conflict. We still don’t know who committed it, but we know the damage caused: fifty civilians were killed. Hospital staff and patients managed to escape in time. Thousands of residents have also embarked on this road.
What impact does this attack have on health?
After three years of hard work, we completed the construction of this hospital in September 2020. It has sixty beds and is the only operating agency in the health zone. We are very worried because the 80,000 people who depend on it are now deprived of care. We are also shocked by the lack of respect for humanitarian and international law and violations of the neutrality of health structures. We call on all parties to the conflict, including the Congolese government, to protect the inviolability of health facilities, their staff and ambulances.