The Syrian Crisis

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

Eastern Aleppo: A Leg Shattered, A Hometown Destroyed

<i>On his way to meet friends for coffee not long ago, Abu Ahmed*, a 27-year-old computer repairman living in eastern Aleppo, was injured by a cluster</i> …

Middle East

East Aleppo: Babies Being Born, Even As Bombs Fall

Even as bombs fall on east Aleppo, babies are being born into the besieged city. For their mothers, experiencing pregnancy and childbirth in such …

Babies

Syria war: Air raid hits children's hospital in Aleppo

Al Jazeera crew captures dramatic footage of attack as babies are rescued from incubators by panicked staff.<p><i>Warning: The above video contains scenes some may find distressing.</i><p>An air raid has hit a children's hospital in Syria's rebel-held east Aleppo, forcing medical staff to evacuate patients, …

Hospitals

A Girl from Aleppo: Four Years, 20 Operations, and the Damage Done

<b>Residents of besieged Eastern Aleppo have been told to leave their homes or face death. As they brace themselves for what comes next, Amal Abdullah</b> …

Middle East

East Aleppo: “The City is Being Devastated in Front of Us”

“They have been abandoned by the world—the whole world is witnessing the city being destroyed, but nobody is doing anything to stop it,” says Doctors …

Middle East

How the war in Syria could lead to the end of antibiotics

<b>Updated |</b> Mohammed Abu Ara is the face of a grave new threat, but propped up on his bed in an airy segregated hospital ward in Jordan, there’s not a …

MSF Statement Regarding Attack on Aid Convoy in Syria

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is shocked by the September 19 attack on a humanitarian aid convoy that was designed to bring …

Middle East

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> …

Middle East

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 …

World News

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 …

Middle East

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 …

Middle East

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

Groups say Syrian government’s ‘stranglehold’ on town since July 2015 has led to deaths of 65 people from starvation<p>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 …

UN Security Council

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 …

Middle East

Tens of Thousands 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 …

Middle East

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’ …

Aleppo

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 …

Middle East

Syria: MSF Evacuates Hospital as Front Line Approaches

<b>BARCELONA/NEW YORK, MAY 27, 2016 —</b> Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is evacuating most of its staff and patients from Al …

Hospitals

The Importance of Bearing Witness to Syria’s War

RAMTHA, Jordan – The wound in the middle of the man’s arm is a large circle of ribbed red blood and tendon, the edges of the flesh curving up and out …

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 …

Middle East

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 in reconstructive surgery for those severely injured in the wars of the Middle East, with the majority of patients from Syria.<p>Caroline Hawley got …

Hospitals

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> …

Middle East

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

More than 50 people have died in the April 27 airstrikes on the Al Quds hospital and surrounding areas of Aleppo, Syria, including numerous patients …

Hospitals

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> …

Middle East

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 …

Middle East

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

<b>Gaziantep, Turkey</b>—More than 100,000 people are trapped at the Turkish border in the Azaz District of Aleppo Governorate in northern Syria, as the …

Turkey