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 More than half the world’s population of refugees came from six countries: Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Lebannon and Sudan. MSF teams working in these countries are doing their best to meet the increased medical needs of people who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict.“I am not a criminal, I am not a thief”, Amadou’s story from Ivory CoastFrom Syria to Greece: “What we...
 For many refugees from Syria, getting a roof over their heads and keeping their families fed is a massive struggle. On World Refugee Day, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warns that dire living conditions are affecting people’s health. Like the other hundreds of Sryian refugees from Homs, this woman and her children are living in this makeshift encampement,...
 MSF runs a mental health program in Ain el-Helweh, in Saida, Lebanon. More and more patients are Palestinian refugees who fled Syria and suffer from a high level of trauma.  Mahmood, Siham and their son Mahmood (6) were forced to leave Syria. Photo by: Auriele Lachant/MSF“I’m deeply sad inside, but I need to appear strong in front of my family. It’s very difficult. Seven of my...
  Since November 2011 MSF has been continuously expanding its humanitarian and medical response to provide urgent assistance to the Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The organisation is presently offering medical services in Tripoli and in various locations of the Bekaa Valley, namely Baalbek, Aarsal, Hermel and Majdel Anjar. In light of the exacerbation of the gaps, MSF is further...
  The Syrian conflict has forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave their country. In neighbouring Lebanon, the UN's refugee agency reports that it has registered over 165,000 refugees. 
  Syria - Aid imbalancesLebanon - Assistance for Syrian refugeesMali - Tending to victims of the conflictDRC - measles epidemic in the north-eastSouth Sudan - battling sleeping sicknessAfghanistan - Improving access to healthcare   
New MSF survey shows half of refugees not receiving required medical care; immediate steps must be taken to improve shelter and provide aid to new arrivalsAn elderly Syrian refugee suffering from Parkinson's disease sleeps in a room in a ramshackle home on a cattle ground in Tripoli, Lebanon, surrounded by his daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Photo: Michael Goldfarb/MSFGENEVA/BEIRUT – Syrians...
   The ongoing crisis in Syria is forcing ever more Syrians to flee their homeland insearch of safety. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) reportedin late January that more than 165,000 refugees had officially been registered in Lebanon alone, and that almost 77,000 more were in the process of being registered. An estimated 50,000 additional refugees are...
Lebanon: Healing those deeply affected   Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been providing mental healthcare in two refugee camps in Lebanon for the past three years, both to Palestinian refugees and to vulnerable Lebanese in the area. Now MSF has opened a new project in northern Lebanon, following the arrival of 4,500 Syrians who have fled the unrest...
Lebanon: Testimonies from patients in Burj el-Barajneh Ahmed Photo: Dina Debba Twenty years ago, when she first moved in, Itaf, aged 54, could see the airport from her house. Today it is no longer visible - the view is blocked by buildings that jostle for space in the densely-packed Burj el-Barajneh camp. Houses grow ever taller, as extra storeys are added to ease the overcrowding...
  Since the end of 2008, MSF has been running a mental health programme for the most vulnerable Palestinian and Lebanese people in and around Burj el-Barajneh camp in Lebanon. Over the past two years, more than 1,000 people have been treated in the programme, which is based on a community approach, bringing together psychiatric and psychological care with social and community support to...
Squeezed between the airport and Beirut’s southern suburbs, Burj el-Barajneh camp is the capital’s most densely populated area, home to some 18,000 people living in a space of just one square kilometre. Many of the camp’s residents have been deeply affected by successive wars and conflict; their prospects for the future are bleak; employment is hard to come by; and most...
Yassin Photo: Dina Debbas “I have just come back from my visit to the physiotherapist; a small local organisation is paying for my treatment here. I still have problems with my hip. I was wounded in an Israeli bombardment from the sea. It was in 1982, but I can remember every detail of that day: the dead, the wounded, the heads on the ground. We didn’t think it would be...
Photo: Dina Debbas I am a Lebanese of Palestinian origin – I was naturalised in 1948. I am divorced and have two daughters from my previous marriage. They both go to school. I moved to the camp three-and-a-half years ago after I lost my job and my financial situation deteriorated. Living conditions here are very difficult; I don’t think there’s anyone who finds them...
Squeezed between the airport and Beirut’s southern suburbs, Burj el-Barajneh camp is the capital’s most densely populated area, home to some 18,000 people living in a space of just one square kilometre. Many of the camp’s residents have been deeply affected by successive wars and conflict; their prospects for the future are bleak; employment is hard to come by; and most suffer...
Squeezed between the airport and Beirut’s southern suburbs, Burj el-Barajneh camp is the capital’s most densely populated area, home to some 18,000 people living in a space of just one square kilometre. Many of the camp’s residents have been deeply affected by successive wars and conflict; their prospects for the future are bleak; employment is hard to come by; and most...
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