Photographer:Fotograaf: archive Gitte Snijders
Three Maastricht medical students were attacked by a group of armed men in Ghana at the end of March. The men took their telephones, money, bank cards, laptop, and a photo camera, but the students remained unharmed. The three women have returned to the Netherlands.
The medical students were doing an internship in West Gonja Hospital, in the village of Damongo. This is a small local hospital, with which Maastricht University has worked for a few years, and which is supported both financially and materially by the Mustangh Foundation. This foundation was set up and is run by students of Medicine.
The faculty has decided to suspend the internships for the time being. Pauline Vluggen, head of education at FHML: “In August, another two students were supposed to go there, but now they won't.” There first needs to be clarity on the safety and guidance of interns. This is the first time Vluggen has ever experienced something like this. “I have been involved in international relations for 25 years; we send hundreds of students abroad every year. But something like this has never happened before.”