Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) teams help refugees every day. We bear witness to the impacts of the violence and persecution they have experienced in their homelands, the dangers they face along the journey, and the failure of the international community to protect these vulnerable people. In our projects around the world, we provide medical and mental health care, access to clean water, essential supplies, and other services. And we advocate on behalf of our patients to end policies that contribute to their suffering.
Today, there are more than 82 million forcibly displaced people around the world. Many of these people have fled life-threatening dangers at home only to face further risks on their journeys. Some face violence and extortion at the hands of criminals and human smugglers. Others wind up stranded indefinitely in camps, detention centers, or in urban settlements as many national governments enact increasingly hostile anti-immigration policies.