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Dr Christos Christou

COVID-19: A message from MSF International President Dr Christos Christou

Dr Christou sent a letter of solidarity on 19 March to MSF teams and colleagues around the world about the impact of COVID-19 on our emergency humanitarian medical work and how MSF is currently responding to this crisis.

Greece, Turkey

Explained: The nightmare facing refugees at Greece's borders

MSF teams are on the Greek islands providing life-saving aid but urgent action is needed to end the suffering of thousands affected by Europe's push-back policies.


European states must address the real emergency for people seeking asylum

Stefano Argenziano, MSF operations coordinator for Greece, gave the following statement calling on the Greek government and other EU member states to take immediate action to address the ongoing emergency facing people trapped in horrific conditions.
Migration. Camps. Moria. Grèce.
Dr Christos Christou


European leaders: Stop punishing asylum seekers on the Greek islands

MSF International President Dr Christos Christou visited the horrific conditions asylum seekers are living in on camps on the Greek islands and has a message for European leaders.

Climate emergency: A humanitarian call to action

“We saw this coming. As humanitarians, our risk assessments in different parts of the world have always factored in the potential for extreme weather events and the spread of vector-borne diseases, of drought, desertification, and...”
MSF migrants mer Méditerranée
Dr. Joanne Liu

Mediterranean Sea

Europe must act now to end preventable deaths in Libya and at sea

MSF International President Dr Joanne Liu implores European leaders to find better solutions to prevent people dying, trapped in Libyan detention centres, or from drowning at sea.
Dr. Joanne Liu

Mediterranean Sea

MSF resumes search and rescue operations with Ocean Viking

The following speech was delivered by MSF International President Dr Joanne Liu in Paris on the announcement of MSF's decision to return to sea for search and rescue operations.
Des patients dans l’hôpital MSF à Aden au Yémen. © Agnes Varraine-Leca/MSF


Humanitarian crisis fuelled by main donor governments’ involvement in the war

Many of these donor governments are also involved in the war, which is both driving massive humanitarian needs and obstructing the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
An Aquarius search and rescue mission on 1 November 2017. The team retrieved more than 500 people from three overloaded rubber boats in distress that day, but an unknown number remained missing, presumed drowned. © Maud Veith/SOS Méditerranée

Mediterranean Sea

Timely and Predictable European Arrangements for Disembarkation

Since January 2018, at least 2,500 women, children and men have drowned in the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, EU leaders have allowed themselves to become complicit in the tragedy unfolding before their eyes.
Dr. Joanne Liu

"Migration is not a crime. Saving lives is not a crime"

MSF International President Dr Joanne Liu's speech on a panel discussion at the Global Compact on Migration conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, 11 December 2018.