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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Medical activities suspended after Ebola treatment centre attack

An MSF Ebola treatment centre in Butembo, North Kivu, was attacked on 27 February, just days after another treatment centre in nearby Katwa was partly burnt down.


“All I have in this world are the clothes on my back”

For the almost two million people forced to leave their homes in northeastern Nigeria over the past nine years, the emergency in the region is far from over, and people continue to be displaced by the violence on a daily basis.
Mer Méditerranée. Aquarius. Opérations de recherche et de sauvetage.

Mediterranean Sea

Aquarius Forced to terminate Operations as Europe condemns people to drown

As refugees, migrants and asylum seekers continue to die in the Mediterranean Sea, MSF and its partner SOS Méditerranée have been forced to terminate operations by the search and rescue vessel Aquarius.
Un patient, âgé de 24 ans, a reçu une balle dans la jambe le 30 mars lors de la Marche du retour. Gaza, octobre 2018. © Yuna Cho/MSF


Gaza injuries pose risk of leaving lives permanently shattered

The huge numbers of patients with complex and serious gunshot wounds are overwhelming the healthcare system in Gaza, leaving thousands in danger of infection and disability.
Die Aquarius im Hafen von Valencia. Juni 2018. © Roland Schilring

Mediterranean Sea

Sinister attacks by Italian authorities on lifesaving search and rescue

MSF strongly condemns the decision by Italian judicial authorities to request the seizure of the Aquarius for alleged anomalies in its disposal of on-board waste.
MSF a commencé ses activités à Sinuni, la ville la plus densément peuplée du district de Sinjar, au nord de l'Irak, après avoir constaté que très peu de services existaient en dehors des soins de santé primaires. Irak. Septembre 2018. © MSF


Hospital rehabilitation in Sinjar disctrict

MSF has launched activities in Sinuni General Hospital, in Sinjar district, Iraq, in collaboration with the Iraqi Directorate of Health, to help cover the urgent need for secondary healthcare services for people returning to the region.


MSF faces an influx of war wounded

As conflict intensifies on several frontlines across Yemen, an influx of people with war-related injuries are treated at facilities run by international medical organisation MSF in Hodeidah, Hajjah, Aden, Saada and Taiz governorates.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Numerous acts of sexual violence committed by armed men in Kasai

Between May 2017 and September 2018, MSF teams treated 2,600 victims of sexual violence in the town of Kananga in Kasai Central province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Eighty per cent reported having been raped by armed men.
Patient réfugié pris en charge par une psychiatre de MSF. Nauru, octobre 2018. © MSF


Refugees' lives in danger with MSF forced to end mental healthcare activities

At least 78 MSF patients have considered or attempted suicide or self-harm.

Mediterranean Sea

Italian government pressures Panama to stop Aquarius rescues

SOS MEDITERRANEE and MSF demand that European governments allow the Aquarius to continue its rescue mission.