MSF was one of the few charities that remained on the ground during the 20-year civil war and has operated in the country continuously since 1991, including in areas controlled by al-Qaeda's allies, al-Shabaab.
But despite a new government and signs of increasing stability much trumpeted by Somalia's international donors, MSF said on Wednesday that it could no longer carry on in the country.
"In choosing to kill, attack, and abduct humanitarian aid workers, armed groups, and the civilian authorities who tolerate their actions, have sealed the fate of countless lives in Somalia," said Unni Karunakara, MSF's international president.
He said he included "all authorities" including Somalia's government in his assessment. Britain spends £80 million a year on aid programmes in Somalia.
"The situation has created an untenable imbalance between the risks and compromises our staff must make, and our ability to provide assistance to the Somali people," Mr Karunakara said.
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Mike Shoesmith: The prophetic twist here is that there exists a list of countries which an endtime figure often referred to as the 'Antichrist' will go into. It says 'the Ethiopians will be at his steps.' So essentially this person will be at the border of Ethiopia but not enter. Somalia is on the border with Ethiopia, at its steps if you will.
In January of this year Barack Obama met with the new Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Obama dropped by a meeting between Mohamud and US Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough at the White House, before the Somali leader headed across town to see Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a White House statement said.
"The president congratulated (Mohamud) on his election last September and the establishment of the first permanent, representative government in Somalia in two decades," the statement said. (Here)
And now, things are so bad over there, that the only health care provider in the entire country, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is leaving permanently.
Does anything Barack Obama touches ever turn out for the better? His Arab Spring is a disaster. Half the globe is on fire. Nearly all of the planet is in financial distress. And Obama plays golf. Just say-in.
... "and he shall cause fire to come down from heaven in the sight of men"
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