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A camp for Rohingya. After many days of rain it's been flooded. Image shows many people trying to walk through waist-deep water.
October 10, 2017

“Right now, there are hundreds of thousands of people crammed along a narrow peninsula trying to find what shelter they can. It’s essentially a massive rural slum – and one of the worst slums imaginable. There are hardly any latrines so people have tried to rig up their own plastic sheeting around four bamboo poles, but there’s nowhere for their waste to go except into the stream below. That’s the same stream that just 10 meters away, others are using to collect drinking water. This has all the makings of a public health emergency. Some people are using clothes that they’ve strung together to provide shelter from the elements. But after two days of torrential rain and tropical thunderstorms, some communities’ shelter and few belongings have completely washed away. It’s a horrific situation and you see the devastation and the absolute lack of any comfort whatsoever. I can only imagine how incredibly terrible it must have been in their home village, if this is what they chose. If this is the better option, the other must have been a living hell.

September 21, 2017

A massive scale-up of humanitarian aid in Bangladesh is needed to avoid a massive public health disaster following the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, says the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

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 06, 2017

Rohingya refugees fleeing to Bangladesh are in urgent need of medical and humanitarian assistance as an already dire humanitarian situation along the border with Myanmar worsens, says the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

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.

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