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September 07, 2017

In an open letter to European leaders published today, MSF International President Dr. Joanne Liu calls on political leaders to acknowledge that closed-border migration policies are driving vulnerable people into horrific mistreatment at the hands of smugglers in Libya.

September 01, 2017

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling for an end to the arbitrary detention of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Libya. For more than a year, the international humanitarian organization has been providing medical care to people held inside Tripoli detention centers in conditions that are neither humane nor dignified.

June 22, 2017

Libya is in the midst of a serious humanitarian crisis, as large numbers of migrants and refugees have arrived in the country – many seeking passage to Europe. Libya, however, has become a dangerous and inhospitable environment for those fleeing war, famine, and disease in their home countries. Many migrants and refugees in Libya have been robbed, tortured, imprisoned, and even killed. Since July 2016, MSF has been providing lifesaving healthcare to refugees and migrants detained in Tripoli. In early 2017, MSF launched a new project to assist migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in the Misrata area. In the following interview, Jean-Guy Vataux, head of mission in Libya, speaks about the challenging and crucial work of MSF teams in the country.

June 20, 2017

Part of the reason the Refugee Convention was drafted was in response to the extreme suffering to which people fleeing violence and persecution are often exposed. In order to protect refugees, the convention sought to establish their rights and to outline the obligations that states have to protect them. But in 2017, while the global legal consensus on the rights of refugees remains intact, the humanitarian spirit that led to the convention appears to be in short supply.

May 24, 2017

During a rescue in the Mediterranean Sea on May 23, the Libyan coastguard approached boats in distress, intimidated the passengers and then fired gunshots into the air, threatening people’s lives and creating mayhem, according to aid organizations Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS Méditerranée, whose teams witnessed the violent incident.

May 02, 2017

Since the end of the Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011, Libya has been divided by armed conflict and the violence has escalated in recent years. A lack of central authority has allowed people smugglers to operate along the Libyan coast, and many refugees, asylum seekers and migrants hoping to reach Europe begin their dangerous Mediterranean Sea crossings here.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been providing aid in Libya since 2011. Dr. Tankred Stoebe spent the month of January conducting medical assessments for MSF between the cities of Misrata and Tripoli. He shares some of the details of his journey below.

Young woman lays on hospital bed
March 06, 2017

Courtney Bercan is a Canadian nurse currently working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on the Refugee Search and Rescue Mission in the Central Mediterranean. In this piece she describes meeting a young woman fleeing violence and poverty and the deep and lasting impact sexual and gender-based violence can have.

February 02, 2017

As EU leaders meet in Malta on February 3, 2017 to discuss migration, with a view to close down the route from Libya to Italy by stepping up cooperation with the Libyan authorities, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) raised grave concerns about the fate of people trapped in Libya or returned to the country.

November 21, 2016

I arrived in Bokoro, Chad, three months ago. It’s my first posting with [Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières] MSF, and I was so excited to finally get here. I have always wanted to work for MSF. This is my small contribution to make the world a better place. I knew Chad was going to be dry and hot and that there are very high levels of malnutrition here.

November 21, 2016

Zara Abba is in Bokoro from the capital of Chad, N’djamena. She has been at MSF’s intensive care unit in Bokoro town for four days, caring for her granddaughter, Katalma Moussa, who is two years old. Zara Abba was visiting Bokoro to pay her respects to a family member who'd died when her granddaughter fell ill.

“She hadn’t put much weight on for a while and then she started to get diarrhea and her health got even worse. I had been taking her out for walks and to play with the other children, but since she started getting diarrhea, she didn’t have any energy and I couldn’t do that anymore. She was always hungry and crying and it was like the milk we were giving her wasn’t enough. I looked after her for seven days at home but after that knew I had to get her to a clinic.”

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