Detaining of fifth search and rescue ship condemns people to die at sea
Misuse of maritime law is providing a smoke-screen for a political decision to prevent rescue ships from saving lives in the Mediterranean, declares Médecins Sans Frontières, as the Sea-Watch 4 becomes the fifth NGO ship to be immobilised by Italian port authorities in less than five months.
If the only way to break free is to burn down your house, something is wrong
By Aurélie Ponthieu, humanitarian specialist for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
The forgotten farmer-herdsmen conflict in the Middle Belt
There is a substantial and neglected humanitarian crisis in Benue state, indicative of a wider crisis across the Middle Belt.
Destructive fire in Moria camp
Nearly 12,000 men, women and children have been forced to evacuate Moria refugee camp, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, after a fire tore through the camp during the night of 8 September.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Responding to the new Ebola outbreak in Equateur province
On 1 June 2020, a new Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak was declared in Equateur province, western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the country’s eleventh recorded epidemic.
On 1 September, the Sea-Watch 4 was assigned a port of safety
MSF, together with Sea-Watch, has been back at sea in the central Mediterranean since 15 August, on board the ship the Sea-Watch 4. Finally, on 1 September, 11 days after the first rescue the Sea-Watch 4, was allocated a place of safety, in the closest country.
MSF responds after massive explosion in Beirut
On August 4 2020, a powerful blast in port warehouses near central Beirut storing highly explosive material killed more than 135 people, with estimates of more than 5,000 injured and many still missing.