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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

 

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. 

Displaced families live in makeshift shelters in Fada, Eastern Burkina Faso.
05/06/2020

Eastern Burkina Faso: Out of sight, people suffer from unprecedented rise in violence

The fight against COVID-19 is just one of many priorities in Eastern Burkina Faso and should not divert resources from other life-saving interventions highlights Abdalla Hussein, MSF Head of Mission. 

Internally displaced people's camp in the territory of Djugu in Ituri, DRC
04/06/2020

Democratic Republic of Congo: 200,000 people forced from homes and health centres destroyed as violence surges in Ituri province

Inter-community violence and the cycle of attacks and retaliations between armed groups and national army put people in distress and prevent humanitarian workers from assisting already vulnerable populations in the region.

A woman carrying food for her family, Cox Bazar, Bangladesh [© Vincenzo Livieri]
18/05/2020

Five things we can do to protect people on the move during COVID-19

More than 70 million forcibly displaced people worldwide are particularly exposed to COVID-19

Water distribution site in Djibo, Burkina Faso
21/04/2020

Burkina Faso: The COVID-19 outbreak will worsen the current humanitarian crisis

Over 800,000 people have been displaced by worsening violence in Burkina Faso. The situation is likely to get worse with upcoming seasonal malnutrition and malaria peaks in a country that has one of the highest coronavirus infection rates in sub-Saharan Africa. 

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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