Swedish aid workers set sights on Libya
Over the weekend, the very first Swedish aid workers will travel to North Africa to try to get into Libya. One of them is Gunnar Hagström, a surgical nurse from Örebro, who works for Doctors without Borders.
Hagström tells Swedish Radio news that he only found out on Thursday that he had the opportunity to go and had to give his decision in just a couple of hours.
As far as the danger involved, he says, "I'm prepared to do my assignment. I am focusing on that."
He and his colleagues plan to enter Libya via the Egyptian border, which is how Doctors without Borders managed to get their first group into the country on Friday after more than a week of failed attempts by land and air.
"It's very frustrating," says the Secretary General of Doctors without Borders in Sweden, Johan Mast, who has worked in southern Sudan and the Congo and has expereince with needing to wait for access to a conflict zone.
"It's tuff," he says, "to stand there and have both the knowledge and the materials and know that just a few kilomters away, there are people who need this help."