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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).

July 31, 2017

Sick and injured civilians within and outside Raqqa city are facing major difficulties obtaining urgent lifesaving medical care due to the ongoing battle to control the northeastern Syrian city, says international medical 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.

June 09, 2017

As fighting intensifies for control of the Syrian city of Raqqa, people fleeing the city and surrounding villages must decide whether to stay put under heavy bombardment, or leave the city by crossing active frontlines and minefields, says international medical organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

May 03, 2017

During the afternoon of April 29, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) makeshift hospitals were subject to outrageous breaches of respect as intense fighting erupted between armed opposition groups in the besieged Syrian city of Damascus, in the suburbs of East Ghouta. As an "in-extremis" measure to underscore that such attacks on healthcare will not be tolerated by MSF, nor by the medics MSF supports. MSF will suspend its medical support to the East Ghouta region until there are clear signs that the fighting parties will respect healthcare.

April 05, 2017

A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical team providing support to the emergency department of Bab Al Hawa hospital, in Syria’s Idlib province, has confirmed that patients’ symptoms are consistent with exposure to a neurotoxic agent such as sarin gas.

March 31, 2017

A hospital in northern Syria supported by international medical organisation Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been hit in an aerial attack.

At around 6 pm on March 25, Latamneh hospital in northern Hama governorate was targeted by a bomb dropped by a helicopter, which hit the entrance of the building. Information collected by the hospital medical staff suggests that chemical weapons were used.

March 03, 2017

Témoignage, or bearing witness, is described in MSF’s official statement of principles as something vital to our identity — to be “done with the intention of improving the situation for populations in danger.” But témoignage also comes with an obligation to raise public awareness about what we see, including openly criticizing and denouncing any violations of international humanitarian law that contribute to the suffering we are confronted with in our medical work.

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