Read about first-hand accounts from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) aid workers and patients.


November 24, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched the search and rescue ship Bourbon Argos in the Mediterranean Sea on May 9, 2015. The ship has a 29-person crew, including an experienced search and rescue team, as well as MSF medical staff, water and sanitation experts, logisticians, and others. The Bourbon Argos has the capacity to safely carry up to 450 rescued people to land inside an enclosed space that protects passengers from the elements while MSF teams provide warm clothes and warm meals.

October 16, 2015

Rand, 30, from Damascus, brought two children to the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic at Bapska, on the border between Serbia and Croatia, on September 27, 2015. Two-year-old Julie had a cold and eight-year-old Brahim had fallen off his scooter in Syria, cutting his lip, and needed a doctor to check on his stitches. Here, Rand describes her experience.

October 16, 2015

Mohammed, an accountant from Idlib, Syria, fled his home along with his wife Bayan, his brothers Obaida and Abdullah, and their cousin Suha and her two children, Waleed, five, and Leen, four. They came to the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mobile clinic at the Serbian border with Croatia on September 25, as the children were suffering from colds.

October 14, 2015

Alhassane Zaharia, Benin - 17 years old

"In school in Benin we learned about the map of the world: Africa, Asia, Europe, America. But how could we know that Italy was so far away? In Libya they lied to us. They said Italy is seven hours away from the Libyan shore. We had no choice but to believe them.

September 18, 2015

Marina Spyridaki is a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) psychologist working with refugees on the Greek island of Kos as they wait to receive papers that will allow them to leave for Athens and continue their journeys. Here, she describes the situation.

“I am here offering psychosocial support to people wherever they need it—I hold sessions in the park, the port, wherever there are refugees trying to live.

September 10, 2015

In the shade of the rusting tin roof of an old brick factory on the outskirts of the Serbian town of Subotica, close to the border with Hungary, a line of people is forming. They are waiting to see the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team of doctors and nurses who have been running a mobile clinic here since late 2014 for refugees and undocumented migrants.

July 07, 2015

Since early May 2015, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been carrying out search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea with two ships—the MY Phoenix (operated jointly with Migrant Offshore Aid Station) and the Bourbon Argos. MSF teams onboard work alongside search and rescue crews to provide medical assessment and care ranging from primary care to resuscitation and advanced life support. Here, patients rescued by MSF tell their stories.

July 07, 2015

The crew of the Bourbon Argos, a search and rescue ship deployed by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has been working save lives in the Mediterranean since May 7, 2015. In June alone, MSF workers on the ship rescued 1,057 migrants from dilapidated boats as they attempted to reach Europe.

June 09, 2015

From January through mid-May of 2015, more than 35,000 migrants fleeing violence and privation in their home countries crossed the Mediterranean between North Africa and Italy. Most experience terrible conditions during their voyage.

May 26, 2015

Heading for waters off the Libyan coast aboard the rescue ship MY Phoenix, on which Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working in partnership with MOAS, doctor Erna Rijnierse describes her work caring for migrants and refugees rescued in the Mediterranean Sea.