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October 17, 2017

Iraqis are returning home in Mosul after years of violence to find their houses rigged with explosive devices and their cities uninhabitable, according to international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The destruction of buildings and infrastructure means that returning families, particularly in West Mosul, end up living in partially or totally ruined homes, with almost no access to clean water, electricity or medical care.

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 05, 2017

The emergency room has turned into a brutal testament to the horrors this battle has inflicted on residents. A little girl told a staff member how she watched her brother die right in front of her. The air is filled with the sound of sobbing, wailing, cries of pain and shock, and guttural exclamations of relief after finally escaping.

July 05, 2017

Extreme levels of conflict and violence in the besieged city of Mosul, Iraq — including airstrikes, bombardment, suicide attacks and gunshots — are taking a devastating toll on residents of the embattled Old City, 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.

May 04, 2017

Emergency trauma surgery is the beginning rather than the end of a long journey to recovery for those injured in Mosul, major city in northern Iraq. As such, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is running a 40-bed hospital in Hamdaniya, a town south of Mosul, to cater for the needs of those recovering from surgery and attempting to rebuild their lives. MSF recovered the testimonies of eight patients and staff from MSF’s Hamdaniya facility:

May 04, 2017

Trapped in the middle of an ongoing political and complex civil war in Iraq, the battle for Mosul is escalating. People are being forced to flee their homes to live in harsh conditions and no basic medical care. To respond to these widespread medical needs, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues to extend services for the benefit of war-wounded patients and people in need.

March 22, 2017

On the 19 of February, MSF opened a field trauma hospital with surgical capacity in a village south of Mosul. It is composed of two operating theatres, one intensive care unit, an emergency room, an in-patient ward and other necessary support facilities. The MSF team working within the hospital, composed primarily of Iraqi surgeons, doctors and nurses, only has the capacity to operate on the most severe life threatening cases, known as “red cases”; those that can wait are referred to hospitals further afield.

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