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Bangui – Doctors Without Borders (MSF) condemns, in the strongest terms, the ambush against its team in Central African Republic (CAR), during which an MSF staff member was killed.   On Wednesday, 18 May, a well-identified MSF convoy of two vehicles transporting staff and patients was stopped by armed men in Kouki, 82 km north of Bossangoa. The team was forced out of the cars and onto the...
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams have brought lifesaving medical assistance to approximately 4,000 refugees who have fled violence in South Sudan since December 2015 and are living in deplorable conditions in Bambouti, a village of 1000 inhabitants in the South-eastern part of the Central African Republic (CAR).  The South Sudanese refugees have been completely cut off from any...
The United States military today released its investigative report on the attack on the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan on 3 October 2015. The attack killed 42 people, including 14 MSF staff members, and wounded dozens more.   MSF was only able to access the report today, when it was made publicly available online, following a public briefing by the...
What was the physical description of the intended target provided by the Afghan forces and how did it match the description of the MSF hospital? Which forces – either U.S. or Afghan – on the ground had ‘eyes on the target’ [National Directorate of Security compound] before and during the attack? And if the U.S. did not, why not? During the airstrike, how many calls or warnings were...
Interview with Dr. Mego Terzian, president of MSF, back from a site visit to Libya Photo: Samuel Gratacap What is the situation in Libya today, which some describe as chaotic? The perception of the security situation in Libya among other humanitarian actors is very poor and the presence of jihadist groups contributes to that perception. However, based on our teams’ observations,...
 The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law was published for the first time by Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier in 1998. Regularly updated, and translated into several languages, the latest edition has now been comprehensively developed. Written from the perspective of victims and those who provide assistance to them, the Practical Guide to Humanitarian...
MSF urges 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council to stop the massacres in Syria   At least 70 people have been killed and 550 injured in an airstrike on a marketplace in the Douma neighbourhood near Damascus, Syria, the international medical organisation Without Borders (MSF) said today. As the nearest makeshift hospital had been bombed the previous day, medical workers struggled...
It is preposterous to bomb a hospital and kill people who are sick, injured and desperate writes Redi Thlabi, Sunday Times columnist... even medical staff at Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, were killed and dozens more injured... and even hours after bombing, while the fire was still raging and the smell of burning bodies no doubt permeated the air, staff were working,...
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been informed that the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) has been activated. This is the first step needed to undertake an independent investigation into the attack on MSF’s hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan on 3 October. The IHFFC is now awaiting the agreement of the United States and Afghanistan governments to proceed.   “We have...
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has launched a petition urging citizens the world over to call on President Obama and the United States to consent to an independent investigation into the bombing of MSF’s trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 3.   MSF called for an independent investigation by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) into the repeated U...
    Statement by Dr Joanne Liu, President, MSF International For four years, the Doctors WIhtout Borders (MSF) trauma centre in Kunduz was the only facility of its kind in northeastern Afghanistan, offering essential medical and surgical care. On Saturday 3 October this came to an end when the hospital was deliberately bombed. Twelve MSF staff...
Leaders at Doctors Without Borders (MSF) condemn the attack on the Kunduz trauma centre, demand independent investigation 5 October  "The US government has admitted that it was their airstrike that hit our hospital in Kunduz and killed 22 patients and MSF staff. Their description of the attack keeps changing – from collateral damage, to a tragic incident, to now attempting to pass...
  Coalition forces attack grave violation of International Humanitarian Law - MSF calls for investigation   12 staff killed | 10 patients killed – 3 children | 37 injured  KABUL - The international medical organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific aerial bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan....
​Latest update: MSF had informed all fighting parties of hospital GPS coordinates on several occasions MSF condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific bombing of its hospital in Kunduz full of staff and patients. MSF wishes to clarify that all parties to the conflict, including in Kabul and Washington, were clearly informed of the precise location (GPS Coordinates) of the MSF...
World leaders gather at the UN special Summit on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (25 – 27 September) to adopt the a new blueprint for international development under the slogan “Leave no one behind”. The aspirations of the SDGs are commendable, but Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is concerned that they lack a concrete plan to accelerate progress and address...
One year ago, Hadji Charmeed’s family had to make the most difficult decision of their lives. “I am unable to walk because of my previous injury in war,” says Hadji, looking at his partly amputated foot. “My family didn’t want to leave me behind, so they decided we will all stay together.” That was the day when armed groups stormed Sinjar district in Iraq’s Ninewa province, killing and...
KABUL, 3 July 2015. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) condemns the violent intrusion by armed members of Afghan Special Forces in the organisation’s trauma centre in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The incident is an unacceptable breach of International Humanitarian Law, which protects medical services from attacks.   On Wednesday 1 July at 14:07, heavily armed men from Afghan Special...
The violence of South Sudan's ongoing conflict has displaced about two million people since 2013. In the last few weeks civilians have been exposed to increased  levels of violence and fresh waves of displaced people are on the move. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is on the ground, providing essential medical care to people in six South Sudanese states. MSF's Dr Niamh Allen...
As violence and threats in the northeastern province of Kenya escalate, international medical organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has evacuated 42 of its staff from Dadaab refugee camps to Nairobi. The precautionary measure has already had a direct impact on MSF’s ability to provide much-needed medical care to the mainly Somali refugees in Dadaab. Two of MSF’s four health posts...
Standing in the women’s ward, grasping a metal frame, 18-year-old Bibi Aisha is slowly learning to walk again. Her sister-in-law, Oura, holds her elbow for support, closely watched by MSF orthopaedic surgeon Javed. After ten faltering steps, Bibi is exhausted, and Javed takes over to carry her back to her bed. Bibi was admitted to MSF’s Trauma Centre in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, ten...
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