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Knife-wielding assailants

A couple of Sundays ago I got a staticky call on the radio from Gotron; my head of security. Something about a woman and a knife, somebody getting attacked. That didn’t sound good, so I grabbed Dr. Ahmed and hustled over to the hospital.

A couple of Sundays ago I got a staticky call on the radio from Gotron; my head of security. Something about a woman and a knife, somebody getting attacked. That didn’t sound good, so I grabbed Dr. Ahmed and hustled over to the hospital.

It turned out that a local woman had gone after one of our nurses with a mean looking 12-inch kitchen knife. Fortunately a guard tackled her before she could reach her target. He proudly presented the confiscated weapon. Apparently it all had to do with some alleged infidelity.

Normally you'd call in the police to deal with a knife attack, but there aren't any police in Kindamba yet. So we set about interviewing all the witnesses and making sure that our staff wasn’t at further risk.

In the end the local government representative, who seems to wear a lot of different hats, called the attacker and her family into his office to talk it over. She pledged in front of everyone not to attack MSF staff with knives anymore, and the matter was peacefully resolved.