“Silence has long been confused with neutrality, and has been presented as a necessary condition for humanitarian action. From its beginning, MSF was created in opposition to this assumption. ... We are not sure that words can always save lives, but we know that silence can certainly kill."


Dr. James Orbinski, then-president of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of MSF in 1999.