The International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region is utterly shocked at the killing of three MSF staff members in Tigray, Ethiopia

29th June 2021
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Nairobi, 28 June 2021 - The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) joins Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and the entire humanitarian community in strongly condemning the killing of three MSF humanitarian workers in Tigray, Ethiopia.

IPPFAR is deeply shocked and horrified after receiving confirmation of the murder of Maria Hernandez, Yohannes Halefom Reda and Tedros Gebremariam Gebremichael on 25 June 2021 in Tigray.

“The murder of humanitarian workers is an unacceptable and heinous violation of International Humanitarian Law. No words can convey the shock and outrage resulting from these appalling acts, and the perpetrators must be found and held accountable”, said Alvaro Bermejo, IPPF Director General.

“Humanitarian and health workers must never be targeted, and security forces have an obligation to protect and respect our colleagues delivering services in conflict areas and elsewhere”, added Bermejo.

IPPFAR stands in solidarity with the entire humanitarian community in conveying its deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the victims.



Media Contacts:

-Mahmoud Garga, Lead Specialist - Strategic Communication, Media Relations and Digital Campaigning, IPPF Africa Regional Office (IPPFARO) – email: -Phone +254 704 626 920

Maryanne Wanyama, Communications Officer, IPPFARO, Nairobi (Kenya) - Email: