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ENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN - Responding to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Central Mediterranean, a total of 141 people were rescued on Friday by the search and rescue vessel Aquarius, chartered by SOS MEDITERRANEE and operated in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Both organisations are now calling upon European governments to assign the closest place of safety without delay in accordance with International Maritime Law so that people rescued at sea can be disembarked and Aquarius can continue providing urgently needed humanitarian assistance.
CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN, AUGUST 12, 2018 - Responding to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Central Mediterranean, a total of 141 people were rescued on Friday by the search and rescue vessel the Aquarius, chartered by SOS MEDITERRANEE and operated in partnership with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
In a complex and fast-changing world, we remain focused and resolute in pursuit of our goal – to provide the most appropriate, effective medicine in the harshest of environments. As well as responding to vital needs, our aid is born of a desire to show solidarity with people who are suffering, whether as a result of conflict, neglect or disease.
Ephraim is in one of the small counselling rooms of the MSF mental health centre in Hitsats refugee camp, in northern Ethiopia. Being able to tell his story in detail, while remaining emotionally stable is an important step in his therapeutic process.
Friday, May 25, 2018 — 25 May 2018 - During the evening of May 23, between 5 to 6pm, more than one hundred refugees and migrants who had been kidnapped and held captive by human traffickers west of Bani Walid, Libya, managed to escape. They were shot at while attempting to flee, resulting in several casualties and 25 injured who were referred to General Hospital of Bani Walid.
Interview with Christophe Biteau, MSF Head of mission in Libya – May 2018
Christophe Biteau, head of mission with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has been working in Libya since September 2017. Based on MSF activities to assist migrants and refugees in Bani Walid region and in detention cenrtes located in Khoms and Misrata, he shares his analysis of the current situation.
Ventimiglia, Italy- As a consequence of the ever-stricter border policies in place in Europe since the sharp increase in migration in 2015, the Italian town of Ventimiglia, near the French border, has turned into the main transit point for migrants trying to reach other EU countries from Italy. Since the end of 2016, Médécins Sans Frontières (MSF) has started providing maternal care and mental health support to migrants in transit to France, who are stuck at the border with no access to basic health care.
Testimony by Dr Tankred Stoebe, former President of MSF Germany
Depuis septembre 2015, MSF a rouvert des activités dans le nord de la France pour venir en aide aux réfugiés bloqués à Calais, à Grande-Synthe et sur d'autres sites. MSF a fermé son dernier projet dans le nord après le démantellement de Calais, en octobre 2016, mais contine de surveiller la situation, en appui aux associations locales.
Despite mounting evidence of inhumane treatment faced by Eritreans, both within and outside Eritrea, the EU is doing all it can to prevent them from reaching its shores, says a new report published today by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
We face the greatest displacement of humanity in decades - more than 60 million people forced from their homes by war, misery or oppression from places like Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, or Eritrea. A tiny percentage of these desperate men, women and children have risked their lives on overcrowded boats and knocked on Europe’s front door.
During 2015 MSF teams provided just under 100,000 medical consultations on three search and rescue vessels in the Mediterranean, in Greece, Italy, throughout the Balkans and we are now working in northern France. Many of these consultations were for illnesses and injuries sustained on the life threatening journeys that people were forced to take for want of a safe, legal alternative. In Serbia, for example, 80% of the consultations performed by our medics were related to the tough conditions on the journey.
"The only solution is to leave and we can’t ask for help from other governments, so we choose to go the dangerous way."
"Life in Eritrea is sweet but our government is cruel, the laws are out of control. We have enough food, enough water and enough work but there are no rights, there is no democracy. The only solution is to leave and we can’t ask for help from other governments, so we choose to go the dangerous way. We choose to put ourselves in the hands of God.
Ils ont fui le Soudan, la Syrie, l’Afghanistan, l'Erythrée… Et vivent aujourd’hui à Calais sur le site dit de « la Jungle ». D’autres se trouvent à Paris dans un lycée désaffecté. Pauline Busson, chef de mission MSF, décrit les conditions de vie de ces exilés qui tentent d’aller en Angleterre ou espéraient trouver un avenir en France.
A quoi ressemble le site où sont regroupés les réfugiés à Calais ?
They have fled Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea and are living now in Calais, at the site known as “the Jungle.” Others are in Paris in an abandoned high school. Pauline Busson, MSF head of mission, describes these exiles’ living conditions, as they try to find a way to reach England or seek a future in France.
How is the site where the refugees in Calais have settled?
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), was informed that MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) has decided to stop their current search and rescue operation on the Mediterranean Sea. As a result, MSF will no longer provide emergency medical assistance and post-rescue care on board the MY Phoenix, as it has done since 2 May.
“I knew how dangerous the travel is – my friends had told me on Facebook. But I had no choice.”
Not wanting to worry his family, 20-year-old Fresghy left Eritrea without telling anyone. More than a year later he found himself imprisoned in Libya. His only chance of release was if his relatives could raise the money to pay off his captors.
There are far more search and rescue boats in the water – why is MSF scaling up its activities?
A Somali migrant says: "I survived and I would ask the world to help me."
Since the start of 2015, more than 100,000 asylum seekers have crossed the Mediterranean from countries like Eritrea, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, united in their desire to escape from conflict, instability, persecution and limited access to humanitarian assistance.