August 29, 2012 - 11:00pm

A live, moderated panel discussion on one of the most under-reported humanitarian emergencies in the world today, featuring recently returned Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency field staff and a slide show by an award-winning photojournalist.

Over the past eight months, more than 170,000 refugees have fled fighting and aerial bombardments in Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile States for camps across the border in South Sudan. Yet this escalating emergency has received scant media attention and garnered little in the way of donor funding compared to the scale of the crisis.

MSF has deployed thousands of staff to run hospitals and malnutrition feeding centers, build wells for drinking water, and provide sanitation services in response to the emergency in South Sudan. Facing catastrophic death rates, escalating malnutrition, outbreaks of malaria, and extremely complex logistical hurdles, MSF teams are further scaling up an already massive aid effort in an incredibly challenging environment.

The panelists will provide first-hand accounts of the on-the-ground reality of mobilizing the aid effort; from dealing with washed out roads and airstrips, to coping with outbreaks of severe malnutrition, malaria, and diarrheal disease. They’ll share stories from refugees fleeing the violence in Sudan.


A reportage from photojournalist John Stanmeyer of VII Photo and National Geographic Magazine.


  • Sophie Delaunay - Executive Director, MSF-USA
  • Matthew Horning, MD - MSF South Sudan Emergency Physician
  • Kate Mort - MSF South Sudan Emergency Human Resources Coordinator and MSF-USA Field Human Resources Officer
  • Phil Zabriskie - MSF South Sudan Emergency Communications Officer and MSF-USA Managing Editor