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July 29, 2016

Hundreds of interviews with people rescued at sea by MSF during 2015 and 2016 have exposed the alarming level of violence and exploitation to which refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are subjected in Libya. Many of those we have rescued report having directly experienced violence in the country, while almost all report witnessing extreme violence against refugees and migrants, including beatings, sexual violence and murder.

May 06, 2016

The largest cholera vaccination campaign ever undertaken has just commenced in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. Over half a million people are expected to receive the oral cholera vaccine in an effort to curb an outbreak that began in February in the city’s overcrowded township areas. As of April 7, a total of 664 cases and 12 deaths had been reported in Lusaka.

November 27, 2015

Since May 2013, violent insurgencies by the Boko Haram extremist group have led to widespread displacement and an escalating humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region of northern central Africa.

November 27, 2015

The Lake Chad region has become an epicentre of violence, with continued attacks by the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) group, also known as Boko Haram. Government military operations in response are also contributing to mass displacement across the region. To date, over 2.5 million people have been made homeless as a result of violence in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is scaling up its medical and humanitarian response in the four countries.

October 20, 2015

Nearly three weeks after the US bombing of the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) trauma centre in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 3, MSF today announces with sadness that the death toll is still rising, with one more MSF staff member confirmed to have been killed.

August 21, 2015

Tens of thousands of people in northern Cameroon are in need of humanitarian aid after fleeing attacks by Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today. MSF teams are scaling up their assistance to the refugees and to local communities.

Interview with the Chadian Refugee Emergency Program Manager. Dr. Véronique Urbaniale is the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency mission program manager sent to Kousseri, in northern Cameroon. Since Feb. 2, tens of thousands of N’Djamena residents fleeing the Chadian capital have sought refuge in Kousseri. Dr. Urbaniale reports that the destitute populations urgently needed aid.

One week after the fighting is over, things are slowing getting back to normal in N’Djamena, Chad. The streets are starting to fill again, even if many shops in the town centre remain closed. In the hospitals too, the worst of the crisis has passed. At the peak of the fighting in the capital and during the days that followed, the few facilities that remained open had to deal with sizeable influxes of wounded. Most medical personnel have now returned to their posts and services have started up again. The main source of concern is currently the refugee situation in Cameroon and eastern Chad. While a good number of people have returned to N’Djamena, thousands of families do not yet dare to go home, and continue to survive in precarious conditions a few steps away from the border.

Road bandits are harassing populations in the border area between Cameroon, Chad and Central African Republic (CAR). Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has opened a healthcare program for Bororo nomads and the local sedentary population in the Touboro area of Cameroon.

In Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is responding to the worst cholera outbreaks in the country for many years. Over the last five weeks the number of cholera cases has risen dramatically to more than 4,500, while more than 120 people have lost their lives. Despite hopes that the outbreak has reached its peak the previous week and that the number of cholera cases will start decreasing, heavy rains that continue to cause severe floods in the city could potentially worsen the situation in the coming weeks.