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April 12, 2013

Some 70,000 refugees from Mali are living in difficult conditions in the middle of the Mauritanian desert, with ethnic tensions in northern Mali quashing any hopes of a swift return home. A report released today by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), called Stranded in the desert, calls on aid organizations to urgently renew efforts to meet the refugees’ basic needs.

The Thai government should halt all forced repatriation proceedings against the 7,500 ethnic Hmong refugees from Laos who are currently confined to a camp in northern Thailand's Petchabun province. This is the call today from the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The refugees, who claim to have fled violence and persecution in Laos, are deeply fearful of being returned to their country.

Médecins Sans Frontières calls again for immediate halt of forced repatriations and access to the deported Hmong for medical assistance

Weak, dehydrated and traumatized, the Rohingya people stepping off the boats that make it to Thailand’s shores tells an alarming story. This is a story that begins across the Andaman Sea, the sea that the Rohingya risk their lives to cross, in the western most state of Myanmar. Here, the Rohingya, a minority Muslim ethnic group, have suffered decades of restriction and indignity that has led countless people to flee across the border to neighbouring Bangladesh and further afield.

MSF denounces the policy of forced repatriation of the Hmong population of Huai Nam Khao camp back to Laos, and refuses to work under military pressure

Needs persist among undocumented migrants, but MSF not permitted to respond

MSF providing medical and nutritional assistance for refugees and local people

57,000 people sharing 100 latrines

Screening and treatment dealt with chronic needs

Measles threatens children’s lives

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