The Syrian Crisis

By Doctors Without Borders | A look at the work of Doctors Without Borders in and around Syria

Syria: The Ghost Project

<i>By Natalie Thurtle, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical coordinator.</i><p><b>"Berm" /bəːm/ an artificial ridge or embankment, such</b> …

Syria

Save the Refugees on the Berm

For millions of Syrian civilians trapped for five years by a relentless war, mere lifesaving aid, let alone refuge, is out of reach. But for the 75,000 displaced people caught on Jordan’s desert frontier with Syria, salvation is only yards away. Unlike many of their fellow citizens, they can be …

Refugees

Shortages grow, bombing intensifies in Syria's rebel-held Aleppo, residents say

(CNN)The horrors of life in rebel-held eastern Aleppo are worsening, residents say, describing acute food shortages and increased aerial bombardment in the battle for control of the key Syria city.<p>Syrian government troops completely encircled rebel-held neighborhoods last week, cutting off all …

Aleppo

Where CPR on a Boy Is Time Wasted: U.S. Doctors Recall Aleppo’s Horrors

BEIRUT, Lebanon — In the Syrian city of Aleppo, children carrying groceries climb 15-foot mounds of rubble on their way home. Shoppers ignore vibrations from falling bombs. Buildings stand sliced in half, wires and beds and bathtubs exposed, with families still living inside. Most days, doctors …

Aleppo

Syria: Aleppo Suffers Under Siege and Hospital Attacks

Hospitals are buckling under the pressure from attacks and dwindling supplies in eastern Aleppo, Syria, the international medical humanitarian …

Hospitals

MSF Calls for Medical Evacuation of Syrian War-Wounded into Northern Jordan

<b>AMMAN, JORDAN</b>—War-wounded Syrians must be evacuated through Jordan’s sealed northern border, the international medical humanitarian organization …

Medicine

Dozens have starved to death in besieged Madaya, say NGOs

About 86 people have died in a year-long government siege of the Syrian town of Madaya, including 65 from starvation and malnutrition, two non-governmental organisations said.<p>The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said the Syrian government’s “stranglehold” …

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Doctors travel a dangerous road to help ease the horrors of war-torn Aleppo, Syria

Along a stretch of two-lane highway outside Syria’s embattled city of Aleppo, government snipers, artillery and airstrikes can target everything that moves.<p>Drivers traverse it at high speed, slowing only to swerve around bomb craters.<p>Parts of the road are protected by earthen berms or heaps of old …

60,000 Trapped Along Syria/Jordan Border Desperately Need Aid, Protection

<i>Amman, Jordan</i>—About 60,000 people trying to flee Syria are trapped without aid in extremely harsh conditions near Jordan’s northeastern border, the …

The Shadow Doctors

The underground race to spread medical knowledge as the Syrian regime erases it.<p>On a recent Tuesday evening in London, the surgeon David Nott attended a dinner at Bluebird, an upscale Chelsea restaurant. The room was packed with doctors, renowned specialists who had come for the annual consultants’ …

Syria: 100,000 People are Trapped Near Turkish Border as Battle Lines Approach

<b>BARCELONA/NEW YORK, JUNE 2, 2016</b> — An estimated 100,000 people are trapped in northern Syria’s Azaz district with battle lines approaching, the …

Syria: MSF Evacuates Hospital as Front Line Approaches

Mahmoud Abdel-rahman<p>March 17th, 2016 - Staff from MSF’s hospital, Al Salamah, in Azaz district bring a patient into the inpatient department.<p>May 27, …

The Importance of Bearing Witness to Syria’s War

Stationed at a field hospital in Jordan run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Caitlin Chandler is bearing witness to the seemingly endless war …

War

As bombs fall, an Aleppo doctor braves death to save others

BEIRUT — As a doctor in the war-ravaged hospitals of Aleppo, Rami Kalazi has long felt uneasy about his job. Many of his colleagues have been killed by airstrikes and snipers or snatched by suspected government thugs.<p>But the hardest part has not been treating the wounded as medical supplies run …

Aleppo

The hospital which rebuilds war victims' bodies and minds

Media playback is unsupported on your device<p>The Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Amman, Jordan, is unlike any other in the world.<p>It specialises …

Refugees in Greece: The Inescapable Shadow of Syria

<i>Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor Conor Kenny writes from Idomeni, Greece, where more than 1,000 refugees are trapped at</i> …

Syria

Excellencies,Ladies and gentlemen,Last Wednesday, airstrikes...

Excellencies,Ladies and gentlemen,Last Wednesday, airstrikes obliterated Al Quds Hospital in Aleppo.They blew apart at least 50 men, women and …

Syria: Al Quds Hospital Death Toll Rises to 55

The death toll from the April 27 airstrikes on Al Quds hospital in Aleppo, Syria, has climbed to 55, after more bodies were found in the rubble, …

Hospitals

Syria: Death Toll Rises Above 50 in Al Quds Hospital Bombing

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Syria: "Everyone is Very Scared"

<i>More than 100,000 people are trapped at the Turkish border in the Azaz District of northern Syria's Aleppo Governorate as the frontlines continue to</i> …

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Frozen Life in Wartime Syria

FIVE years is a long time to be frozen in the grip of war. Five years is a primary-school education. Five years is hundreds of thousands of memories in a single human life.<p>“I have not seen or eaten a tomato in a year,” Ahmed Mujahid, 23, recently told me by Skype. His home in Darayya, Syria, has …

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More Than 100,000 People Trapped in Northern Syria by Renewed Fighting

Press releaseMore Than 100,000 People Trapped in Northern Syria by Renewed FightingApril 18, 2016Gazientep, Turkey—More than 100,000 people are …

Turkey

A Syrian Refugee’s Message to the European Union

IDOMENI, Greece — WHEN we first got here we had money to buy a little food. Now it’s gone. We stand in line for hours for a sandwich. My husband told a journalist recently: “People are fed up. Maybe tomorrow they will break down the gate and flood across the border.” The journalist said, “How many …

European Union

Syria: "They Simply Want the Violence to Stop"

<i>On the fifth anniversary of the brutal conflict in Syria, a Syrian doctor working in a suburb of Damascus reflects on fear, exhaustion, and</i> …

Syria

A Health Worker Describes The Horror Of Being Targeted By Bombs Inside Syria

“The hospitals and the health workers are the first line of targets,” said Ahmad, a health worker for Médecins Sans Frontières who risks death each time he enters Syria.<p>Almohammad described the horror of that day in a phone interview from Turkey, where he lives with his mother and siblings. “We all …

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People are ‘too afraid to go to hospitals’ in Syria — and it signals Russia’s gruesome endgame in the war

Nothing is sacred in Syria's brutal civil war.<p>Even hospitals have become fair game for airstrikes and bombings. Trying to get treated for wounds sustained elsewhere could turn into a death sentence.<p>The hospital attacks have been described as brutal. Secondary strikes often follow the initial hit. …

The UN Security Council Must Do More to Protect Syrian Civilians

<i>By Michiel Hofman, senior humanitarian specialist for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). This article originally appeared in</i> The …

Security

Report: Documenting War-Wounded and War-Dead in MSF-Supported Medical Facilities in Syria

Special reportReport: Documenting War-Wounded and War-Dead in MSF-Supported Medical Facilities in SyriaFebruary 18, 2016Click Here to Read the Full …

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Syria: Civilians Under Relentless Attack

Press releaseSyria: Civilians Under Relentless AttackFebruary 18, 2016MSF reports more than one in three wounded and dead are women and children.

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