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October 20, 2017
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 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).

July 20, 2017

Teams from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are scaling up assistance in anticipation of increasing humanitarian and medical needs in hard-to-reach areas of Borno state, Nigeria.

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 09, 2017

As of the end of April, a total of 9,646 suspected cases of meningitis have been reported with a total of 839 deaths across Nigeria since late 2016, according to the Ministry of Health. The outbreak was officially declared in February, 2017. Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has deployed 11 medical field teams across Sokoto, Zamfara, Yobe, Niger and Kebbi states of Nigeria to support the Ministry of Health in the management of the current meningitis outbreak.

April 18, 2017

Violence and insecurity continue to force people from their homes in northeast Nigeria, where new waves of displaced are arriving in remote towns of Borno State. Nigerian refugees are also being forcibly returned from Cameroon, international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.

April 18, 2017

At the end of 2016, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) started to offer primary healthcare and other services in Pulka, in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno. Over the past few months, this small town situated next to the border with Cameroon has become a hotspot for new arrivals of people fleeing military operations by the Nigerian military and attacks by Boko Haram, and in search of food and basic services. Danca Paiva is MSF’s project coordinator in Pulka.

February 27, 2017

Borno state, located in northeastern Nigeria, is the main scene of the conflict between Boko Haram and the army that has affected the four countries bordering Lake Chad and has caused the displacement of more than 2.6 million people. In northeastern Nigeria, an estimated 1.8 million people have been displaced, more than half to the capital of Borno: Maiduguri. Jean François Saint-Sauveur, medical director of MSF in Barcelona, has just returned from Borno, where he was able to visit three of the projects that MSF is carrying out in the state. Here, he explains his experience.

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