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MSF's Arjan Hehenkamp reports on his recent trip to CAR, where violence is taking on an increasingly sectarian bent, with severe medical consequences.

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As the humanitarian situation inside Syria continues to worsen, mental health needs among refugees who have fled the country are steadily increasing. Ahead of World Mental Health Day on October 10, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) wants to highlight the plight of Syrians in northern Iraq’s Domeez refugee camp, where MSF’s counselors and psychologists are seeing growing numbers of patients presenting with far more acute symptoms than a year ago.

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MSF teams in the Gadzi area of CAR have been vaccinated children for measles and polio while also providing other crucial medical services for people displaced by violence.

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Since the conflict in Syria began, more than two million Syrians have sought refuge in neighboring countries, with thousands more fleeing across the borders every day. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been working in northern Iraq to respond to this situation since May 2012.

“We came from Tel Brak in northeastern Syria,” says Zeina, who has just crossed the Iraqi border with her husband and four children. “Seven months [ago] we left our house as the area was becoming a war zone. The entire village left.”

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Tens of thousands of people displaced by fighting between the Congolese armed forces and the FRPI militia group are living in precarious conditions in northeastern DRC.

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MSF treated more than two dozen people injured in the aftermath of new violence 180 miles north of Bangui.

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Six months after the capital of Bangui was seized by Seleka rebels, the situation in CAR remains unstable.

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Giving birth in conflict-torn Afghanistan is costly and dangerous. MSF runs a hospital in Khost province that provides free maternal care.

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Renzo Fricke, MSF operational coordinator in Afghanistan, discusses the situation on the ground, where conflict continues to rage.

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Amid violent sectarian clashes in Tripoli, MSF teams are providing medical services to people on both sides of the fighting.

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