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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 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).

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.

September 27, 2016

Few other surgeons working for Doctor Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) around the world have as much experience treating war-wounded patients as Dr. Edgar Escalante from Vancouver.

September 23, 2016

MSF calls on the government of Jordan to remove restrictions on humanitarian aid and to allow its medical team to have access to the Berm, so that they can directly assess the medical needs of Syrians stranded there. MSF stresses that it will not endorse any proposal that involves Syrians being pushed or drawn back into Syria, or that does not make provision for the impartial delivery of quality medical care. MSF renews its call to find a long-term solution to the humanitarian situation of Syrians trapped at the Berm.

August 31, 2016

Michael Talotti is a Canadian project coordinator from Bowmanville, Ontario, who currently oversees the MSF surgical project for war-wounded patients. He and his colleagues in Ramtha — including 137 national Jordanian staff and 12 international staff members — work in a section of a hospital operated by the Jordan ministry of health, where they provide emergency trauma surgery, as well as physiotherapy and mental health support, for war-wounded Syrians. Their patients include men, women and children who have been unable to escape the violence of the Syrian conflict.

August 03, 2016

Mariko Miller is a Canadian nurse currently working for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Jordan, helping deliver medical care to refugees fleeing the war in neighbouring Syria. She wrote the following post in response to the humanitarian emergency taking place on the Syrian/Jordan border in which more than 50,000 people are stranded without access to essential needs.

July 20, 2016

MSF has called for the medical evacuation of war-wounded Syrians through the sealed northern border of Jordan. This call coincides with the opening of a new surgical department within MSF’s emergency trauma surgery project in Ramtha government hospital, 5 km from the border with Syria, to treat the large numbers of wounded.

June 30, 2016

Tens of thousands of people who are stuck in extremely harsh conditions close to Jordan’s northeastern border with Syria are in desperate need of humanitarian aid.

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