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.

September 23, 2014

 

With bombs falling since July 8, the Palestinian Territory returned to a semblance of calm on August 26. The human and material damage is immense and the political and economic situation does not give cause for optimism.  

When an unlimited ceasefire between Hamas and the Israeli Defense Forces was announced, the streets of Gaza filled with jubilant crowds. For weeks, few people aside from ambulance drivers would have been on these roads, but now students were returning to classrooms, businesses were getting up and running again, and fishermen headed back to the sea.

February 04, 2014

Months of conflict between armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu Province have exposed thousands of civilians to extreme levels of violence. Many people have sustained life-threatening injuries, lost family members in the fighting, and have been forced to flee their homes. As well as the physical trauma caused, these events have left people with invisible psychological scars that can often go untreated.

October 07, 2013

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.

June 04, 2013

The war in Syria and an influx of refugees flowing into Tripoli have created a host of health needs and exacerbated complex and often violent communal dynamics in Lebanon's second-largest city.

May 20, 2013
“I’m deeply sad inside, but I need to appear strong in front of my family,” says a man called Mahmood while sitting in the narrow room he now shares with his wife and six-year-old son in the Ain el-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp in Saida, Lebanon. Until almost two months ago, he’d been living in another camp for Palestinians, this one in Damascus, but the conflict in Syria had made it impossible to stay.
October 30, 2012

In South Sudan's refugee camps, MSF's is augmenting its medical activities with psychosocial care.

October 15, 2012

Psychologists are an integral part of MSF teams. On the heels of World Mental Health Day, this article examines the vital role they play in helping people overcome trauma.

October 03, 2012

In August 2012, MSF handed over its last remaining project in Sri Lanka to World Vision, an established international NGO with a long-term operational plan for the north of the country. 

June 21, 2012

MSF is providing care, including mental health care, to patients in Pakistan's Lower Dir province, where the security situation remains volatile.

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