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July 24, 2015

The worst is at night. The heat emanating from dozens upon dozens of bodies is so stifling it’s palpable.

July 20, 2015

Note: An earlier version of this article erroneously reported that up to 1,000 people were crossing the border between Burundi and Tanzania each day. The article has been updated to reflect the correct figure.

July 17, 2015

Italian authorities have refused to allow a search and rescue ship operated by MSF to disembark almost 700 people in Sicily.

July 14, 2015

The already precarious situation of the population in southern Niger's Diffa region has recently become further aggravated by the escalation of the ongoing armed conflict near the border with Nigeria. This area is facing new waves of displaced people and refugees fleeing violence raging around Lake Chad, which has intensified since last February, when the conflict arrived in Niger. The living conditions of the displaced population—with little access to health care and safe water—are dire.

July 07, 2015

During the last week, the number of migrants and refugees stranded in the shrubby forests around the village of Idomeni on the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) increased tenfold. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing medical consultations, psychological support, and relief items, and is now also planning to reinforce its activities in the area by launching an additional mobile team.

July 07, 2015

By Jason Cone

Stepping out of a car in the West Bank town of Kafr Qaddum, I was greeted by the stench of urine, feces, and burnt tires—a foul reminder of the near-constant confrontation between Israeli settlers and soldiers on one side, and Palestinians on the other.

July 01, 2015

Tensions are rising in eastern Libya and medical needs are increasing in turn. Fighting in the region has now expanded beyond the city of Benghazi, which has been the scene of armed confrontations for more than a year, to Derna, the stronghold of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the area, where clashes started three weeks ago. This violence has strained the health care system and triggered population displacement, including more than 2,000 families who are now seeking sanctuary in Benghazi.

June 25, 2015

Heavy clashes between Afghan security forces and armed opposition groups in Afghanistan's northeastern Kunduz Province resulted in a surge in wounded patients arriving at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) trauma center in Kunduz city. From June 20 to 23, MSF medical teams treated 77 patients directly wounded in the fighting, one-third of whom were women or children.

June 22, 2015

In northeast Nigeria’s Borno State, ongoing conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian army and recurring attacks on civilians have forced thousands of people to flee their homes in search of safety. There are currently more than 1.5 million displaced people in the area, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). While most are internally displaced within Nigeria, some 157,000 more have fled to neighboring Niger, Chad, and Cameroon since January 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 the international medical organization 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.

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