Nearly two million people are dependant on World Food Program (WFP) food distributions in order to survive in displaced persons camps in Darfur. The announcement of a reduction by half of the survival rations provided by WFP leads Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to be afraid of a serious nutritional crisis.
As long as the region of North Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to be a land coveted by many, death and physical abuse will remain the everyday lot of the civilian population. MSF has decided to extend its activities by initiating projects in Kayna and Rutshuru, two villages recently exposed to violent clashes.
Four-year old Moussa died the morning after another 18 tons of food aid was unloaded at Maradi's airport. Compounding the grief felt by his family, the boy's father, a poor bean, peanut, and millet farmer from the village of Nyelwa, on the outskirts of Maradi, Niger, had to ask strangers for money so he could transport the body of his dead son home.
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.
by Nicolas de Torrente, Executive Director MSF-USA
Excerpted from article published in Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 18, No.2, (Fall 2004), published by the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. Click here for the complete article.