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June 20, 2015

Today is World Refugee Day. Since the start of 2015, more than 100,000 asylum seekers have fled from countries like Eritrea, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, united in their desire to escape from conflict, instability, persecution and limited access to humanitarian assistance.

June 16, 2015
By Stephen Cornish, Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Canada. Originally published in the Globe and Mail, June 10, 2015
 
June 16, 2015

On Monday, June 15, at least one person died during a search and rescue operation by the Bourbon Argos, a ship chartered by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to carry out search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea. People who were rescued reported that another two people had drowned but their deaths could not be confirmed.

June 08, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International President Dr. Joanne Liu responded today to the communiqué issued by the G7 leaders meeting in Germany at the end of their annual summit:

June 04, 2015

Last Sunday, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team provided emergency psychological support at the port of Augusta in Sicily, Italy, to 18 out of 454 migrants who had been rescued at sea trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya over the weekend.

May 13, 2015

Today the European Commission presented the European Agenda on Migration, outlining measures that will be taken in order to respond to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean, as well as the steps to be taken in the coming years. While there is a significantly increased budget for search and rescue operations, it remains to be seen how these promises will translate into practice. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today release the following statement in reaction:

May 11, 2015

The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is launching an additional ship to carry out search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea to assist people who are risking their lives trying to reach Europe by boat. The ship is carrying a crew of 26 people, including an experienced search-and-rescue crew as well as medical staff to provide emergency medical care.

May 04, 2015

Last weekend, more than 6,000 people were rescued in several operations on the Mediterranean Sea while making the treacherous crossing from Libya to Europe. Three hundred and sixty nine of those were rescued by the MY Phoenix, a search-and-rescue vessel run in partnership by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station). Early Monday morning, an additional 104 people were rescued with the assistance of the MY Phoenix team and transferred onto a commercial vessel.

May 01, 2015

Dr. Simon Bryant is a Canadian physician from Canmore, Alberta, who will serve as one of two doctors on board the MY Phoenix, a search-and-rescue boat that Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is launching this month in response to the growing humanitarian crisis involving migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Dr. Bryant talked recently about how the Phoenix will find ships in distress, what care his team will provide to those who are in need, and why nobody deserves to drown at sea. You can read more at Dr. Bryant's MSF blog.

April 24, 2015

Over the past 15 years, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been providing assistance to vulnerable migrants, asylum seekers and refugees across Europe.

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