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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

 

Floods in Somalia
06/11/2019

MSF responds to flooding in Somalia

MSF has started doing distribution of tents and kits for cooking, the construction of toilets and to provide safe drinking water.

Flooded areas around Pibor. [Photo: Léo Martine/MSF]
01/11/2019

A state of emergency declared as flooding in South Sudan ensues

The government of South Sudan has declared a state of emergency in 27 flood-affected areas across the country.

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01/11/2019

Treating People Amid Flood Disaster in South Sudan

The government of South Sudan declared a state of emergency on October 30 in response to widespread flooding. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are active across the country, including in Pibor, an eastern town that is almost completely submerged.
Northeast Nigeria: Now is not the time to question life-saving assistance [Photo: Yuna Cho/MSF]
30/10/2019

Northeast Nigeria: Now is not the time to question life-saving assistance

The conflict in northeast Nigeria continues, with Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states in need of a massive and sustained humanitarian response.

Kidnapping of migrants has been for a while now a lucrative business for the criminal gangs operating in the Mexican northern cities bordering the US. [photo: Juan Carlos Tomasi]
30/10/2019

Increase in kidnappings and extreme violence against migrants on the southern border of Mexico

The policies of criminalisation, persecution, detention and deportation applied in Mexico in order to contain migratory flows to the northern border with the US have forced the migrant population to go underground and take increasingly dangerous routes where they are more vulnerable to criminal gangs and violence during their journey through Mexico.

Thousands of life jackets left behind by arriving migrants are gathered at a dump on Lesbos Island, Greece.  [ © Robin Hammond/Witness Change]
09/09/2019

Greece: Islands once again at breaking point

As sea arrivals reach record high numbers, vulnerable people on Lesbos remain trapped in overcrowded and unsafe conditions – without access to urgently needed mental health and medical care.

Refugees trapped in Moria camp on Lesbos Island. The awful conditions at Moria camp/Olive Grove and arbitrary administrative situations have had a dramatic impact on their health and in particular their mental health. [ © Robin Hammond/Witness Change ]
05/09/2019

A disastrous policy: vulnerable people trapped on the Greek islands pay the price of inhumane policies of the EU-Turkey deal

In Lesbos and Samos, thousands of people are left in inhumane conditions with very limited access to water, sanitation and health. 

June 2018: A group of Rohingya refugees await assignment to their new homes in in the Kutupalong camp, Cox's Bazar. [© Pablo Tosco/Angular ]
26/08/2019

The Rohingya in Bangladesh: “The population has been completely suspended in time”

Arunn Jegan, Emergency Coordinator for MSF Bangladesh describes the situation for Rohingya refugees  in Bangladesh. 

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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