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July 29, 2016

Hundreds of interviews with people rescued at sea by MSF during 2015 and 2016 have exposed the alarming level of violence and exploitation to which refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are subjected in Libya. Many of those we have rescued report having directly experienced violence in the country, while almost all report witnessing extreme violence against refugees and migrants, including beatings, sexual violence and murder.

November 27, 2015

Since May 2013, violent insurgencies by the Boko Haram extremist group have led to widespread displacement and an escalating humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region of northern central Africa.

November 27, 2015

The Lake Chad region has become an epicentre of violence, with continued attacks by the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) group, also known as Boko Haram. Government military operations in response are also contributing to mass displacement across the region. To date, over 2.5 million people have been made homeless as a result of violence in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is scaling up its medical and humanitarian response in the four countries.

October 20, 2015

Nearly three weeks after the US bombing of the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) trauma centre in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 3, MSF today announces with sadness that the death toll is still rising, with one more MSF staff member confirmed to have been killed.

August 21, 2015

Tens of thousands of people in northern Cameroon are in need of humanitarian aid after fleeing attacks by Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today. MSF teams are scaling up their assistance to the refugees and to local communities.

An MSF team composed by six people arrived this morning at 5am local time in Pedang Indonesia. The team is composed of a doctor, two nurses, one psychologist and two logisticians. The MSF team arrived with five tons of medical supplies, non-food items and plastic sheeting. In the affected areas, MSF is the only international organisation present at the moment. Once arrived in Pedang, the team divided itself in three and they assessed the situation in four areas: Kota Padan Panjang, Kota Solok, Payakumbuh and Kota Bukittinggi.

Interview with the Chadian Refugee Emergency Program Manager. Dr. Véronique Urbaniale is the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency mission program manager sent to Kousseri, in northern Cameroon. Since Feb. 2, tens of thousands of N’Djamena residents fleeing the Chadian capital have sought refuge in Kousseri. Dr. Urbaniale reports that the destitute populations urgently needed aid.

One week after the fighting is over, things are slowing getting back to normal in N’Djamena, Chad. The streets are starting to fill again, even if many shops in the town centre remain closed. In the hospitals too, the worst of the crisis has passed. At the peak of the fighting in the capital and during the days that followed, the few facilities that remained open had to deal with sizeable influxes of wounded. Most medical personnel have now returned to their posts and services have started up again. The main source of concern is currently the refugee situation in Cameroon and eastern Chad. While a good number of people have returned to N’Djamena, thousands of families do not yet dare to go home, and continue to survive in precarious conditions a few steps away from the border.

Following the earthquakes that have hit Sumatra island, the emergency team of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Indonesia has started an evaluation of the damage and the medical needs among the population. A first team arrived in Padang and found the initial needs were covered well. "They report a quick response from the authorities," says Luc van Leemput, coordinator for the work of MSF in Indonesia.

Following the earthquakes that hit the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Sept. 12 and 13, MSF’s emergency team has distributed relief items and is continuing to further assess the needs. With strong aftershocks continuing to shake the region, psychosocial support to the survivors is one of the main priorities.

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