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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.

April 25, 2016

The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced today that it has resumed search, rescue and medical-aid operations in the central Mediterranean Sea between Africa and Europe, and has already conducted its first operation of 2016.

September 03, 2015

The Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) search-and-rescue boats Dignity I and Bourbon Argos — together with the MY Phoenix, operated jointly with the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) — yesterday rescued 1,658 people in MSF’s biggest day of operations on the Mediterranean Sea since operations began on May 2.

August 07, 2015

On August 5, a vessel carrying more than 700 migrants from North Africa to Europe capsized off the coast of Libya.

The Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) search-and-rescue vessel Dignity I was among the first ships to arrive at the scene. The video above, narrated by MSF project coordinator Juan Matias Gil, shows MSF teams at work upon arriving at the ship, and includes an interview with one couple who struggled to save their infant daughter from drowning before being rescued.

 

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.

June 16, 2015

On Monday, June 15, at least one person died during a search and rescue operation by the Bourbon Argos, a ship chartered by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to carry out search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea. People who were rescued reported that another two people had drowned but their deaths could not be confirmed.

October 01, 2014

One year after the tragic shipwreck off the island of Lampedusa in Italy, wars such as the one taking place in Syria, chaos in Libya and other protracted crises continue to push an unprecedented number of refugees from Africa and the Middle East to Europe.