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Refugees, migration and displacement 

Over 70 million people are currently fleeing conflict or persecution around the world. Due to their race, religion or nationality, these people’s homes are no longer safe places to live and their governments’ no longer provide them with protection. 

MSF works around the world to provide lifesaving assistance to refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs), from providing psychological care to nutritional support. 

We set up hospitals in refugee camps, we help women give birth safely, we vaccinate children to prevent epidemics and we provide access to safe drinking water. We also have specialised projects to try to reach those who are on the move, for example in Europe or South America, and throughout Africa.  


South Sudanese refugees recieve medical care from MSF in the Gambella camp in Ethiopia  ©Zacharius Abubeker

 

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24/07/2020

Highlights from our work - July 2020

From responding to COVID-19 in our projects to treating malaria in Sierra Leone, watch some highlights from our work this year. 
16/07/2020

Burkina Faso: Living conditions worsen for displaced people as violence escalates and rainy season begins

The number of displaced people seeking safety in Burkina Faso’s Centre-North region has almost doubled in six months to 386,000 as a result of growing insecurity and violence. Many have no option but to stay in improvised shelters in remote areas, without basic services and exposed to the elements.

A view of the PoC site in Pibor © MSF
24/06/2020

Intense fighting in eastern South Sudan, once again, forces thousands of people to flee

A new and brutal rise in intercommunal clashes in the Greater Pibor Administrative area yet again threatens the lives of entire communities. 

© Sarah Callens
18/06/2020

"No one chooses to be a refugee"

Barthelemy is a Burundian refugee and staff member with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Nduta camp, northwestern Tanzania, where MSF is the sole healthcare provider for 75,000 refugees. As a refugee himself, Barthelemy embarked on an extraordinary journey to reach safety and begin a new life with his family in Tanzania. This is his story…
 

Zacharia Matichiang
18/06/2020

"I would never wish to go back"

35 year old Zacharia Matichiang Maet  has been a refugee since 1987. Currently living in Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya, he shares his  challenges and prospects. 

Fowzia Mohamed Abdule outside the maternity ward in Dagahaley
18/06/2020

"How can you stay in a country for three decades but not know where you belong?"

Fowzia Mohamed Abdule came to Dadaab camp in Kenya as a child refugee in 1992. She is now an auxiliary nurse at the MSF hospital maternity ward in Dagahaley Camp and  shares her challenges and hopes  living in a refugee camp

Community outreach staff in one of the refugees' homes - Sept 2019
18/06/2020

Maintaining health services for Dadaab refugees while responding to COVID-19

With a further tightening of mobility restrictions, humanitarian services remain a crucial lifeline for many refugees. For MSF, the key priority has been to ensure that healthcare services in the camp are not disrupted, and that refugees continue to access medical services in a safe environment.

Hassan, a 17-year-old refugee from Darfur, Sudan arrived in Libya one year ago.
08/06/2020

COVID-19 lays bare failed politics of aid to help migrants stranded in Libya

Escalating armed conflict, increased indiscriminate attacks on civilians and the arrival of COVID-19 to a country with a collapsing healthcare system is creating a crisis within a crisis and could ultimately become a humanitarian catastrophe writes Sacha Petiot, Head of Mission in Libya. 

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COVID-19 Coronavirus

Most of the world's countries have reported cases of coronavirus disease COVID-19 and MSF teams in over 70 countries are now racing to respond to the pandemic.  

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Refugees, migration and displacement 

Over 70 million people are currently fleeing conflict or persecution around the world. Due to their race, religion or nationality, these people’s homes are no longer safe places to live and their governments’ no longer provide them with protection. 

MSF works around the world to provide lifesaving assistance to refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs), from providing psychological care to nutritional support. 

We set up hospitals in refugee camps, we help women give birth safely, we vaccinate children to prevent epidemics and we provide access to safe drinking water. We also have specialised projects to try to reach those who are on the move, for example in Europe or South America, and throughout Africa.  


South Sudanese refugees recieve medical care from MSF in the Gambella camp in Ethiopia  ©Zacharius Abubeker