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July 22, 2015

As large numbers of refugees fleeing unrest in Burundi cross the border to neighbouring Tanzania, the overcrowded refugee camp of Nyarugusu “has reached breaking point”, according to Sita Cacioppe, emergency coordinator for international medical organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

With the influx of people, services are massively overstretched, and aid agencies are struggling to provide them with sufficient food, water, shelter and healthcare.  

July 17, 2015

On Wednesday, July 15, the Bourbon Argos — a search-and-rescue vessel operated by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the Mediterranean Sea — rescued 678 people from six different migrant boats and received one more patient transferred for medical reasons from an Italian Coast Guards vessel.

However, despite lengthy discussions with Italian authorities and efforts by the Italian Coast Guard, the Bourbon Argos was not authorized to disembark the migrants in Sicily due to lack of capacity of the reception system.

 

July 09, 2015

Displacements, restrictions on mobility and lack of access to basic goods and services such as healthcare: These are the main consequences of the escalation of the conflict in southwestern Colombia, which is causing a growing humanitarian crisis. 

July 06, 2015

Dozens of wounded people have been treated by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) teams in different parts of Yemen due to airstrikes and ground shelling carried out last days in different parts of the country.

July 03, 2015

Tensions are rising in eastern Libya and, as a result, medical needs are increasing.  Fighting in the region has now expanded beyond the city of Benghazi, which has been the scene of armed confrontations for more than a year, to Derna, the stronghold of the Islamic State (IS) in the area, where clashes started three weeks ago.

This violence has strained the health care system and triggered population movements, including more than 2,000 families now seeking sanctuary in Benghazi.  

June 26, 2015

Heavy clashes between security forces and armed opposition groups in the north-eastern province of Kunduz in Afghanistan have led to a surge in wounded arriving at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s trauma centre in Kunduz city. From June 20 to 23, MSF’s medical teams treated 77 patients directly wounded in the fighting; one-third of these patients were women and children. 

June 20, 2015

Today is World Refugee Day. Since the start of 2015, more than 100,000 asylum seekers have fled from countries like Eritrea, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, united in their desire to escape from conflict, instability, persecution and limited access to humanitarian assistance.

June 19, 2015

Busra hospital, in Syria’s Dara’a governorate, was destroyed after being hit by ten barrel bombs in one night last week. It is one of ten medical facilities that have been targeted in the past month. Busra hospital was the only health facility providing neonatal and dialysis services in Dara’a.

June 11, 2015

More than 100 injured people, including women and children, were received by medical teams working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Aden, a major port city in Yemen, yesterday as a result of heavy shelling on the Al-Basateen residential area of the city.

June 04, 2015

Last Sunday, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team provided emergency psychological support at the port of Augusta in Sicily, Italy, to 18 out of 454 migrants who had been rescued at sea trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya over the weekend.

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