A Year in Pictures 2016
An indomitable spirit
2016 may well be remembered for its tumultuous political turnarounds, hardening attitudes to refugees and migration, and continuing devastating conflicts. Looking through more than 10,000 images released this year (taken between October 2015 and December 2016), however, a different reality reveals itself.
Whether you read it in the bravery and determination of MSF’s medical responses in South Sudan, Yemen or Syria; see it in the faces of those rescued at sea in the Mediterranean; or feel it in the gentlest moment between a mother and her daughter, amidst heartache and turmoil, in Nigeria; the indomitable spirit of survival and caring has prevailed in 2016.
Throughout the year, our photographers have been alongside MSF's doctors, nurses, midwives, logisticians and other staff, on the frontline of our projects around the world. They have been there to bear witness, not only to the work done by our dedicated medical teams, but also, unflinchingly, to the intimate circumstances that surround each individual's story.
In each photograph here, there is both a personal story and a wider story that led up to the event pictured. But to see these stories, you must look in their direction, not away, and for that we are grateful.
Desperate flight to safety
“People flee into the Med Sea to come to Europe not because they see it as an opportunity to get a better job; they are fleeing out of absolute desperation. I can see now why MSF decided to no longer accept EU money [after the 2016 EU-Turkey deal blocking migrants from entering member states]. MSF has had to speak out incredibly strongly about the fact that migrants and refugees are not being treated properly and the massive challenges they face. Anyone who thinks they make the decision to cross the Med and go to Europe lightly, are absolutely wrong.”
Communications Manager on MV Aquarius