On August 19, two attacks in Baghdad killed 95 people and wounded nearly 600. These two particularly deadly attacks were a startling reminder of the violence borne by the Iraqi people since the start of the war.
A year ago, five of our colleagues were murdered in Afghanistan. The consequences of this horrific act haunt us still. MSF is no longer present in Afghanistan – the impunity shown towards those responsible makes it impossible for us to work there, despite clear humanitarian and medical needs.
In the wake of the attack on the ICRC, MSF's seven international staff in Iraq have relocated to Amman, Jordan, where they will evaluate how to continue MSF's work in Iraq against the background of ever-increasing violence and confusion of roles.
Pierre Salignon, Program Director for MSF, recently returned from Afghanistan and he discussed the need for ongoing hospital and clinic support in Bamyan, Ghazni, and Zaranj, as well as the urgent need of providing emergency medical relief to the "squatters" of Kabul.
With world attention focused on a possible US-led war on Iraq, MSF is considering the possible impact that such a war might have on the civilian population of the country. By Nicolas de Torrente, Executive Director MSF-USA