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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

 

The IDP camp for internally displaced people in Bunia, DRC. Thousands have fled their homes due to intercommunal violence in Ituri. [ ©Pablo Garrigos/MSF ]
28/06/2019

Urgent humanitarian response needed to crises in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo

Multiple humanitarian crises are unfolding at the same time in Ituri province: there is mass displacement due to violence, people are sheltering in terrible conditions, malaria.

 woman walks past a group of young men after collecting water just as the sun set inside the UN Protection of Civilians site in Bentiu. [ © Dominic Nahr / MAPS]
27/06/2019

“The first challenge is disease, the second is security.” 

Teresa is a mother of four from Mayendit, who has lived in Bentiu PoC since 2013. She fled her village because of the conflict, where she witnessed people burned in their homes and sexual violence.

A man looks out from a shelter in the market zone in Bentiu PoC (Protection of Civilians) site. [ © Emin Ozmen/Magnum Photos ]
27/06/2019

“Sometimes we hear from the radio about peace, but we don't have full information.”

Fleeing war is difficult, fleeing with one leg even more so.

Martha, a pseudonym, is a 27-year-old woman living in the Malakal Protection of Civilian (PoC) site, in north-east South Sudan [ © MSF / Igor Barbero ]
26/06/2019

“There is not enough water; the community is too big here.”

Martha* has lived in the UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Malakal, South Sudan since 2014

24/06/2019

“Healthwise, it was a disaster” – MSF finds catastrophic medical situation in Libya’s Zintan and Gharyan detention centres

People, mostly from Eritrea and Somalia trapped in two Libyan detention centres where at least 22 people have died since September 2018

Mariam and Haoua fled from Zamia and Hilli, two villages in Nigeria. They arrived in Bassira, in Niger three days ago with their husbands and children. Their villages have not yet been attacked but they feared they will be next and chose to run away in se
21/06/2019

If you resist, or just speak, they kill you”

 Over 20,000 Nigerians have fled violence in Sokoto and Zamfara states to find safety in Niger

an MSF team works in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, (northern Mexico), following the arrival of a caravan of 1,700 migrants.  [©Juan Carlos Tomasi / Médecins Sans Frontières]
21/06/2019

Mexico: Mass arrests drive migrants underground and cut them off from medical care

As a result of mass raids, migrants in Coatzacoalcos and Tenosique  are increasingly avoiding places where they might be visible to police authorities and detained – including those places where basic medical services are available.

Bentiu PoC : Drainage system between blocks and roads transformed into a sewerage channel leading to health issues, like malaria and cholera
20/06/2019

Conditions of protection: life inside or outside a displacement camp

The smell of sweet ginger coffee being prepared in a little tin hut manages to waft above the putrid smell of green sludge - it’s the smell of life going on. It lingers in the air, and somehow, just like the people here, manages to rise above the suffocating conditions of a Protection of Civilians site.

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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