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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

 

A family of displaced people in front of their tent, in Deir Hassan camp.[Photo: Abdul Majeed Al Qareh]
28/02/2020

Dr Mustafa Ajaj, speaking from Deir Hassan camp, northwestern Syria, on 25 February 2020

Two weeks ago Dr Ajaj told MSF about the situation in Takad, a city in rural western Aleppo province, which was sheltering large numbers of displaced families who had fled northwards to escape the offensive by Syrian government forces and their Russian allies. Dr Ajaj managed the MSF-supported primary health centre in Takad until the frontline got dangerously close and he was forced to look for a safer location for the health centre. It has now been relocated to an empty building in Deir Hassan camp, where 120,000 displaced people are staying. MSF is also running a mobile clinic in Deir Hassan camp.

Haibata and her granddaughter in Barsalogho IDP camp [Photo: MSF/Caroline Frechard]
25/02/2020

Burkina Faso: MSF scales up assistance to people affected by increasing levels of violence

The number of internally displaced people in Burkina Faso grew exponentially as violence escalated in 2019 and their access to health services has been seriously jeopardized. 

Qadimoon camp (Northwest Syria) [Photo: MSF]
20/02/2020

Northwest Syria: “You see children sitting in the snow under olive trees”

An MSF doctor working in Deir Hassan camp, 30 km west of Aleppo, describes the situation as hundreds of thousands of people flee an offensive by government forces on the last opposition-held area in Syria.

Humanitarian distribution [Photo: MSF]
20/02/2020

Syria: People in Idlib race to flee airstrikes as safe area shrinks

18 February 2020 – In northwest Syria, airstrikes combined with a ground offensive conducted by Syrian government forces and their Russian allies have triggered a huge wave of displacement in the last opposition-held area in the country. With towns and camps west of Aleppo hit by shelling in recent days, roads are packed with cars and trucks as people flee towards a shrinking area of safety

Humanitarian distribution [Photo: MSF]
20/02/2020

‘Tired of fleeing’: Nowhere left to run for Syrians seeking refuge from Idlib violence

A Syrian doctor’s testimony from a flashpoint town in the province

Measles in Bangladesh - Baby Atiullah [Photo: Tariq Adnan/MSF]
19/02/2020

“This ward should not exist”: MSF tackles measles outbreak in Rohingya refugee camps

MSF is witnessing a significant escalation in measles cases, with increasing numbers of critical cases and preventable deaths in our facilities in Bangladesh. 

Eagle Pass International Bridge, where USA border police intercept them in the middle of the channel.[Photo: Juan Carlos Tomasi]
10/02/2020

No Way Out: Doctors Without Borders Report Shows Damaging Health Impacts of US-Mexico Migration Policies

Mexico City/New York, NY, February 11, 2020—New migration policies imposed by the United States and Mexico are trapping many Central Americans in dangerous conditions, with severe consequences for their physical and mental health, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in a report released today.

The queue before distribution at the Tse Lowi displacement site. [Photo: MSF/Solen Mourlon]
10/02/2020

Ituri, Democratic Republic of Congo: Hundreds of thousands uprooted by conflict in desperate need of assistance

Over one million people have been displaced by violence in Ituri since December 2017. About 200.000 are currently living in dire conditions on displaced people sites, in makeshift shelters, lacking food, clean water and access to health care.

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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