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Refugees in the Balkans: “Above All Else We Want to Live in a Country That is at Peace”

“The hardest part was the sea crossing from Turkey to Greece. The waves were really strong. We tried to tell the children that it was like an adventure to try to keep them calm, but it was very dangerous.”

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“At the Most Dangerous Time”: Winter Rescue on the Mediterranean

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched the search and rescue ship Bourbon Argos in the Mediterranean Sea on May 9, 2015. The ship has a 29-person crew, including an experienced search and rescue team, as well as MSF …

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Refugees in Northern France: “These Conditions are Inhumane”

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) logistician Nicolas Robichez is in Grande-Synthe, France, where more than 2,000 refugees, mostly Kurdish, are currently living in precarious, and escalating, conditions. “I first came to Grande-Synthe camp, near Dunkirk, two months ago, with …


Displaced from Syria: “It’s Better Than Living Under Bombings”

For the past four years, 59-year-old Najah has lived with her son Ahmad in Al Minieh, northern Lebanon. Sometimes she finds it lonely being away from her home in Syria, being a refugee. She can’t get used to not having …

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“I’ve Met the People the EU has Decided to No Longer Welcome and Protect”

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor Conor Kenny recounts the evacuation of Idomeni and his experience treating refugees and migrants in Greece following the EU-Turkey deal. The forcible removal of 8,000 people from Idomeni camp in the early hours of …

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Greece: Voices from Elliniko

Refugees living in Elliniko Sports Stadium in Athens, Greece, tell their stories in their own words. Twenty-five-year-old Danish, from Afghanistan, lives with his wife in the overcrowded Elliniko camp. Danish, 25, from Kunduz, Afghanistan: …

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Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean: “They See No Other Way”

Heading for waters off the Libyan coast aboard the rescue ship MY Phoenix, on which Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working in partnership with MOAS, doctor Erna Rijnierse describes her work caring for migrants and refugees rescued in the …


Syria: “I Didn’t Think I Would Survive Such a Journey, But I Had No Choice”

 Bahar, a refugee from Syria, worked with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for three years in Iraq’s Domiz …

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Syria: Voices from the “Berm”

 About 60,000 people trying to flee Syria are trapped without aid in extremely harsh conditions near Jordan’s northeastern border in a large informal camp area known as the “berm.” Here, they describe the situation in …