Two MSF employees released on bail in Cameroon: the NGO worries about the other 2

An MSF ambulance in Cameroon.

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In Cameroon, it is relief at Doctors Without Borders, after the release Thursday of two of their employees.

They had been arrested in December and imprisoned in Bouéa, in the English-speaking southwest.

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The Cameroonian justice suspected the employees of the NGO of complicity with the English-speaking separatists, after having taken care of a patient wounded by bullets.

Released, they are now on bail.

Two other MSF workers, arrested a few weeks later in the same region and for the same reason, are still in detention.

In April, MSF announced the suspension of its activities in the English-speaking southwest because of these arrests.

Sylvain Groul

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, head of operations for the NGO in Central Africa, reacts to the microphone of

Gaëlle Laleix

of the Africa editorial staff.

We are happy for our colleagues who can find themselves free today, reuniting with their families, especially since one of the two is seven and a half months pregnant.

She needed medical attention for her child.

So we're happy, but it's a provisional release.

We do not yet know if they will have criminal charges brought against them or if these charges will be dismissed.

It is hoped that the court will make the decision not to continue with the proceedings knowing the information they currently have.

Clearly, our people did nothing wrong.

And also we are worried about our two other colleagues who are still detained for more charges for having done their job and who only care for the Cameroonian population.

We hope that we will have the opportunity to have this dialogue with the authorities and that they can give us security assurances so that we can continue our work as quickly as possible.

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