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Pakistan

Pakistan: flood emergency is far from over

Catastrophic flooding began in June, and the situation remains an emergency, with critical humanitarian needs. The current response is inadequate. The basic needs of people living in the worst flood affected areas such as access to essential food assistance, healthcare and safe drinking water, remain unmet.

Afghanistan

MSF condemns the ban on women working for NGOs

After months of continuous restrictions placed on the female population of Afghanistan, limitations placed on their participation in everyday life, access to education, and most recently even the right to work for non-governmental organisations, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) strongly condemns the Islamic Emirate’s erasure of women from social life in the country.
Lituanie : les refoulements répétés aux frontières, dans des températures glaciales, mettent en danger les personnes migrantes ©MSF/David Rubens

Lithuania

Repeated pushbacks increase suffering of people in freezing weather

Dozens of people attempting to seek refuge in the European Union continue to be pushed back at the Lithuanian and Latvian borders with Belarus - and left to languish in the forest for up to several weeks, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today. MSF calls on the Lithuanian and Latvian authorities stop all border pushbacks, which only serve to traumatize migrants and cause serious injuries, denying people the right to seek safety.

Latvia

Unlawful detention of migrants

Currently, around 50 people are detained in two Latvian Immigration Detention Centers (IDCs), managed by the State Border Guard Service (SBGS). Those detained are vulnerable people, including survivors of torture or sexual violence, children and pregnant women.

The Climate Crisis is a Health and Humanitarian Crisis

MSF is participating as an official observer at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 6-18 November 2022. The goal for COP27 ranges from a transition toward renewable energy to financial support to vulnerable communities most affected by climate change.
MSF staff are not able to access the FRC, after a principled suspension of activities following unacceptable restrictions placed upon our work in May 2022.

Lithuania

Lithuania : discriminatory and cruel migration practices

MSF denounces the prolonged detention and systemic discrimination in Lithuania, and is calling for the immediate implementation of humane alternatives that equitably meet the needs of vulnerable and traumatised people.
Un médiateur culturel MSF et une infirmière expliquent à un patient comment utiliser un kit médical pour les plaies lors d'une consultation à la clinique mobile MSF dans la zone frontalière de Horgos 2 en Serbie.

Serbia

Alarming levels of violence at the Hungary-Serbia border

Testimonies from patients and corroborating medical data from the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) indicate an alarming and repeated use of violence, allegedly committed by Hungarian authorities, against people crossing the border between Serbia and Hungary. Beatings with belts and batons, kicking, punching, various forms of humiliation, use of pepper spray and teargas are all reported to be common deterrence practices, prior to pushbacks and denial of assistance.
Une équipe MSF a trouvé trois personnes menottées lors d'une intervention médicale d'urgence sur l'île grecque de Lesvos .©MSF

Greece

Three people found handcuffed, four injured on the Aegean island of Lesvos

On Thursday 20 October 2022, an emergency team from the international medical organisation Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) received an official alert about a group of people, newly arrived on the Greek island of Lesvos, in need of urgent medical care.
David travaille comme agent de santé pour MSF. Depuis la résurgence du choléra, des dizaines d'infirmiers, d'hygiénistes et d'autres personnels ont été engagés pour répondre à l'urgence. ©MSF/Alexandre Marcou

Haiti

Haiti is on the verge of a health disaster

People in Haiti are today living in dire conditions and are confronted daily with an appalling health and humanitarian situation, which continues to deteriorate, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned today.
 Un médecin de MSF montre une balle extraite du corps d'un civil blessé dans un quartier de Port-au-Prince. © Johnson Sabin

Haiti

Thousands of people trapped by armed clashes in Cité Soleil

Thousands of people are trapped without drinking water, food or medical care in an isolated area of the Cité Soleil neighborhood of Port-au-Prince as armed groups battle for control of the area, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned today, calling on armed groups to spare civilians and humanitarian organizations to respond to the urgent needs of the population.

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