Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing mental health care in a detention center in Sana'a, Yemen. Migrants have told counselors of horrific experiences with traffickers; many are trying to return home.
An in-depth interview on the decision by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to withdraw completely from Somalia. MSF General Director Arjan Hehenkamp speaks to Somali journalist Hamza Mohamed on August 14, 2013, the day MSF made the announcement that it would close all projects in that country.
Life is difficult in Mogadishu, despite recent improvements. More than 370,000 displaced people live in the city with limited access to health care, food and water. Pregnant women in particular are suffering: They give birth in difficult conditions, at the mercy of the slightest complication. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a hospital in Mogadishu in 2011, and the maternity unit has been full ever since. However in the Xadaar district of the city, MSF was recently forced to close its clinic, as security there is tenuous.
Dadaab, Kenya, hosts the largest refugee camp in the world. Originally conceived as a temporary solution to shelter refugees of Somalia's civil war, the three neighboring sites that are referred to collectively as one refugee camp are now 20 years old, and have become a permanent home for the majority of people who have sought shelter there.
Hundreds of thousands of Somalis who fled fighting in their homeland are stranded in overcrowded refugee camps just over the border, in Kenya, where MSF has been offering medical and psychological care.
Although the recent abduction of a Belgian doctor and a Dutch medical coordinator ended positively, such attacks pose dangers to MSF’s health care activities in a country where millions of people depend on humanitarian aid.
This short film provides an overview of MSF programs and the situation in Somalia from 2007 to mid-2008. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled the capital, Mogadishu, as a result of increasing violence. And attacks against aid organizations has limited the amount of relief deployed.