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October 14, 2014

As the fighting continues to rage in Iraq, 1.8 million people have been forced to flee from their homes. Humanitarian aid efforts are insufficient and come nowhere near to covering people’s most basic needs. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) sees two kinds of displaced people: those who have managed to escape to a region of Kurdistan unaffected by the fighting, and those trapped in dangerous areas like the provinces of Anbar and Kirkuk.

September 15, 2014

 

A camp in a lake, a flooded hospital, and huts under water. With the onset of the rainy season, the tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees in Lietchuor, Ethiopia, are even more vulnerable. This was Lietchuor refugee camp at the end of August—a lake of half-submerged huts. Water stagnates on the flat, bare terrain, making the camp uninhabitable for the 36,000 refugees during the rainy season. The only dry area is alongside the road running through the camp.

September 15, 2014

 

The open-ended ceasefire agreed on August 26 put an end to 50 days of deadly conflict. Although people appear to be getting on with their lives, nothing has been resolved. They couldn’t escape the bombing and now they can’t go home, even though the guns have been silenced. The return to calm is relative for the many Gaza Strip inhabitants living without water or electricity in over-crowded schools or several families to an apartment.

September 15, 2014

 

Doctors working in refugee camps know all too well that epidemics spread rapidly in settings like these and that more emergency immunization campaigns are needed to prevent them. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) wants to make pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), which can prevent deadly diseases, systematically available in emergency settings.

September 15, 2014

 

Three years of war, 190,000 dead, three million refugees. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is witness to the human suffering behind the statistics. The war leaves its mark beyond Syria, in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq, as physical and psychological wounds scar its refugees. MSF teams deliver medical services to Syrian refugees in these bordering countries. See the Reach of War: http://reachofwar.msf.org/

August 20, 2014

Since the June 18, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which runs a mental health program in Hebron, has scaled up its activities and is trying to receive as many patients as possible, including children in a state of shock, and people with post-traumatic stress. In the space of one month, the team has carried out over a thousand consultations.

August 20, 2014

Since the bombing of the Gaza Strip began on July 7, civilians, unable to flee this narrow piece of land, have been the main victims. Thousands have been injured. The teams at Al-Shifa hospital were overwhelmed and an Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team arrived to provide support ten days after the start of the offensive.

July 31, 2014

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.

July 16, 2014

For Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the situation in Central African Republic (CAR) was unique: seeing a country descend into violence before its very eyes, being surround by killings and witnessing an entire community being targeted without being able to provide protection.

July 16, 2014

 

"We spent much of the morning lying on the floor. We tried to work, but we had to lie down every two minutes." "At one time we wondered, must we leave? We realized if we left the situation might become even worse." "Of course it affects you. It's disturbing for the whole team." Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff providing urgent medical care to people in Central African Republic (CAR) recount what they have seen and experienced, both professionally and personally.

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