June 20, 2014

Since late 2013, violence in northern and western Iraq has increased dramatically, with grave consequences for civilians caught in the crossfire. In recent weeks, some 500,000 people have reportedly fled Iraq’s second city, Mosul, after it came under the control of armed opposition groups. Fabio Forgione, MSF’s head of mission, brings us the latest from Iraq.

June 20, 2014

Three Syrian doctors, now working for MSF, recall their own remarkable journeys as refugees, from treating Syrians in war-torn Syria to treating Syrian refugees in Iraq. To commemorate World Refugee Day today (June 20), MSF is highlighting their stories and acknowledging their contributions and their sacrifices.

June 19, 2014

Friday is World Refugee Day, an opportunity to recognize the struggles of many people around the world whose lives have been affected by events beyond their control.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) works with refugees in a variety of contexts. Myriam Ouimet is a doctor from Montreal on mission with MSF in Iraq, where she works with Syrian refugees. As she explains in the video above, although her work is difficult, she knows she is making an important contribution.

June 19, 2014

On June 12, an estimated 500,000 people reportedly fled Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul – a commercial hub that has a population of about 2 million – after armed opposition groups took control of the city. People have fled from the west to the east of the city, to other parts of Ninewah Governorate, and to the Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRG) while fighting and indiscriminate shelling is continuing in several areas of the country.

June 18, 2014

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is calling on all warring factions in Iraq to immediately respect medical staff and facilities, and to spare the lives of civilians. The organization’s clinic in Tikrit has been severely damaged as a result of shelling that took place in the city on June 13, which has prevented the provision of medical care to approximately 40,000 people displaced by conflict.

April 29, 2014
Violence in Anbar province, western Iraq, has caused some 380,000 people to flee their homes. More than 18,000 people have sought refuge in Tikrit, the capital of neighbouring Salah al-Din province, over the past month. 
Despite a very volatile security situation in Tikrit, a team from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is providing the displaced people with relief items and assessing their medical needs.
April 29, 2014
The ongoing conflict in Iraq has had a profound impact on the lives of Iraqis across the country. Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) offers reconstructive surgical care to victims of violence from all over Iraq. But the security situation is posing huge challenges.
August 23, 2013

Syrian refugees are crossing the border into Iraqi Kurdistan in huge numbers, with more than 42,300 passing through the Peshkabour border crossing since it reopened a week ago on Aug. 15. Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) staff have set up health posts on both sides of the border. They are providing medical consultations and distributing water to refugees waiting to be transferred to five transit camps currently being set up in Erbil and Sulaymaniyah governorates.

April 29, 2013

Decades of conflict, political instability and social upheaval have left many Iraqis vulnerable to psychological stress, mental health disorders and in need of mental health care, says Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in a new report launched in Baghdad today.

By Paul Foreman, former MSF Head of Mission in Iraq