Following a violent incident involving a Norwegian Refugee Council convoy in the Dadaab refugee camp (Kenya) on Friday, one person has sadly died and four employees are still missing.
The Norwegian Refugee Council is relieved and pleased to confirm that our four abducted colleagues are found and released.
The families have been informed. Further details will be released later today.
Three people were injured during the incident, and were immediately transferred to hospital in Kenya to receive medical treatment. Mr. Abdi Ali, who worked as a driver, sadly passed away yesterday.
The two other injured staff are in a stable condition.
-Our thoughts are with Abdi Ali’s family. Our team in Nairobi are providing support and all of Norwegian Refugee Council extends our condolences for their loss, says Rolf Vestvik, Director Advocacy and Information at NRC.
Four employees are still missing after the incident. NRC is working to resolve the situation.
-We remain deeply concerned about the welfare of our missing colleagues. We have notified their families and we are in close contact with the relevant authorities in Kenya and internationally, says Vestvik.
NRC’s Secretary General Elisabeth Rasmusson and Country Director Hassan Khaire were part of the convoy that was attacked. They are both unhurt and safe. At this early stage, NRC is not in a position to disclose further information about the missing employees.
The NRC team was visiting Dadaab to review NRC’s extensive humanitarian projects. NRC has been working in the camp since 2007. Due to the food crisis and on-going conflict in Somalia, the camp has rapidly grown to the world’s largest with 463 000 refugees.
All media enquires should be directed to:
» Rolf Vestvick, Director Advocacy and Information, mob: +47 488 93 313
» Media Adviser Tiril Skarstein, mob: +47 905 69 287
» Media Adviser Gunhild Forselv, mob: +47 97125709