“All the children used to get sick every year,” says a mother from the Magaria healthcare area in southern Niger’s Zinder region. “We were always traveling, taking them to the hospital. Many of them died.”
“We witnessed the majority of the population fleeing in panic to the bush. We opened our compound to some 30 to 40 women and children who stayed overnight with us,” testifies Stefano Argenziano, MSF Head of Mission in CAR.
In a shocking display of indifference, senior United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) officials have refused to improve living conditions for 21,000 displaced people living in a flood-prone part of a UN compound, exposed to waterborne diseases and potential epidemics.
“We are outraged that the Greek authorities have responded by further prolonging their detention, which is already applied for the maximum period of 18 months. This is evidence of immigration policy shifting towards even harsher treatment of migrants, who are being detained for months on end in unacceptable conditions. Even worse, the threat of indefinite detention is being used as a means of coercion."
MSF has launched an emergency intervention and continues to reinforce its teams to respond to an outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Guinea. To date, Guinean health authorities have reported 134 suspected cases and 84 deaths.
Albert Caramés has returned to Barcelona after nine months working as a humanitarian affairs officer in Bangui, capital of the troubled Central African Republic, where over a year ago the coup by the Séléka rebels triggered a civil conflict that has pushed an already fragile, vulnerable country, one of the poorest in the world, into a freefall.
The prolonged and systematic detention of migrants and asylum seekers in Greece is having devastating consequences on their health and human dignity, the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warns today.