As the Israeli offensive continues in Gaza, clashes in the West Bank, on top of several weeks of raids and arrests by Israeli forces, are taking a heavy toll on the already fragile psychological well being of Palestinians. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched an emergency response in mid-June and has carried out 1,146 mental health consultations for those affected by the violence since then.

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Salwah, 18 years old, was shot by a sniper in Aleppo, and now she cannot walk. After seeking treatment in several hospitals in Syria, she became a refugee in Turkey where she is now receiving assistance. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing her with mental health care. Photographs by Anna Surinyach.

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Stories include: MSF teams treating wounded people in Misrata, Libya; the need for mental healthcare to survivors of Japan's tsunami; the new treatment target set by the United Nations to reach 15 million people living with HIV by 2015; and amendments to French law that suspend the ability of foreigners to get a temporary right of residence, which could create a public health risk.  

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MSF set up a mental health care program in the Burj al Barajneh camp on the outskirts of Beirut, Lebanon’s capital, in December 2008. Most of the Palestinian refugee families living here arrived more than 60 years ago, but their mobility has been proscribed and they have struggled to contend with overcrowding, poverty, unemployment, and war. In two years, MSF teams in the project have counseled more than 1,000 patients.

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A five-part series of short films chronicles the story of Mouna, a young girl who suffered severe injuries in Iraq three years ago and who is now learning to walk again, on artificial limbs with the help of MSF surgeons and physiotherapists in Amman, Jordan.

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