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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.


Evacuation of refugees and migrants out of Libya is urgently needed

Thousands of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers arbitrarily held in Libyan detention centres must be immediately released and evacuated to safety out of the country urges MSF today as a fragile ceasefire in Tripoli continued for a third day.


Libya is not a place of safety

Over the past 72 hours following clashes in Tripoli, the lives of Libyans and an already vulnerable group of refugees and migrants have been put in grave danger.
Medical staff discuss patients’ progress at the MSF post-operative care facility in east Mosul, Iraq, May 2018. © MSF/Sacha Myers


Mosul still lacks 70% of healthcare capacity, one year since the battle ended

One year since the battle between the Islamic State group and the Iraqi forces officially ended in Mosul, the health system is still in ruins.

Mediterranean Sea

European governments must put people’s lives before politics

“Valencia is the end of a terrible ordeal for 630 people. But there needs to be a serious European commitment to save lives and disembark rescued people properly.”