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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

 

Entrance of MSF hospital in Nduta refugee camp
14/04/2020

Tanzania: Spread of COVID-19 could be devastating for refugees and host communities

An open letter from Pete Clausen, MSF Head of Mission in Tanzania

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03/04/2020

COVID-19 Prevention measures in Idlib, Syria

The first case of COVID-19 in Syria was officially declared on March 22nd, 2020. So far, no confirmed cases have been reported in Northwest Syria, but if the virus spread in that region, this would add another layer of complexity to a situation that is already catastrophic.
An MSF nurse talks to a woman during a consultation at MSF’s mobile clinic, Northwest Syria
03/04/2020

Northwest Syria: “COVID-19 has added another layer of complexity to a situation that was already catastrophic”

 Even if COVID-19 hasn’t yet spread in northwest Syria, people are already faced with a series of unanswered questions and impossible choices. Cristian Reynders, MSF field coordinator in northwest Syria offers perspectives on COVID-19 from the region. 

Outside view of the Barsalogho IDP camp, January 2019 ©MSF/Caroline Frechard
23/03/2020

Burkina Faso: an unprecedented humanitarian emergency for the country

Isabelle Defourny, MSF Director of Operations, was recently in Burkina Faso and raises the alarm on the humanitarian situation in the most conflict-affected areas of the country.

Suzanne & Mariel assess condition of 10-year-old Nyaduoth in the MSF hospital © Gabriele Casini/MSF
17/03/2020

South Sudan: massive influx of wounded and displaced people as clashes continue in Jonglei and the Greater Pibor administrative area

Our teams have received a mass influx of 83 wounded patients in Pieri and Lankien over the space of just five days between 9-13 March, and have treated 45 gunshot wounds in Pibor over the past month

Refugee population in Andeamboukane, Mali
06/03/2020

Mali – Fleeing violence in Niger, the refugee population remains vulnerable

"Our living conditions are shameful. We lack food, shelter, assistance and we continue to live in fear", complains Issouf. Like many others, he and his family fled clashes between Nigerian forces and armed groups in northern Niger, to take refuge in Mali on the other side of the border.

Asylum seeker dies in detention centre fire
03/03/2020

Asylum seeker dies in Libya’s detention centre fire.

2 March, 2020 – Yefren, Libya. During the night of Saturday 29 February to Sunday 1 March, a fire broke out in Dhar el Jebel detention centre, where over 500 refugees and migrants are arbitrarily detained south of Tripoli in the Nafusa Mountains in Libya. A 26 years old Eritrean man tragically lost his life as he got caught up in the flames while sleeping in one of the overcrowded cells of the detention centre.

Thousands flee into the bush as conflict intensifie
02/03/2020

South Sudan: Thousands flee into the bush as conflict intensifies

Thousands of people have fled for their lives and are seeking refuge in an area adjacent to the The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) site in Pibor town after an  outbreak of violence in Jonglei State and the Greater Pibor Administrative area of South Sudan

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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