Doctors Without Borders is a French founded NGO, also known as Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), that provides humanitarian aid on a charitable basis to civilians in war torn countries. Their policy has always been to treat anyone in bad health or in need of emergency services, and includes people from the various fighting organizations, even terrorist ones. Now the MSF takes their neutral stance very seriously, and they treat anyone in need as long as they leave their fighting status at the door, which has always justified a form of mistrust from U.S. and Afghan officials. Regardless, the MSF has always maintained that there has never been any type of terrorist activity in the hospital in Kunduz Afghanistan, a point that they have had to make before.
Last summer, on July 1st, Afghan Security forces raided the MSF compound looking for an Al Quida operative. The doctors on duty tried to stop the soldiers, requested that they disarm, and claimed that the person they sought wasn’t there, but the military teams forced their way in anyway and searched the facility. Witnesses say that they soldiers didn’t find who they were looking for and left but there are questions that still need to be answered. Like why the Afghan military needed to conduct a SWAT type raid on a neutral hospital to find a single terrorist who may not have actually been there. Or better yet, if they actually respected MSF’s mission as a neutral medical facility, and would the Afghan security forces be willing to let them continue their work in the area?