The Syrian Crisis

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

Stories from Aleppo: Medical workers under siege

March 23, 2017 <i>–</i> The stories told by health workers from Syria were heartbreaking.<p>They spoke of making desperate attempts to save people injured in a …

Syria: Tens of Thousands of Children Left Unvaccinated

<i>Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) n</i><i>urse practitioner Sara Ferrer currently serves as coordinator of MSF's medical projects in</i> …

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Along Syria-Jordan Border, Refugees Struggle At A Camp Aid Workers Can't Visit

In the middle of the desert, hundreds of miles from the nearest city, 60,000 Syrians are camped out along the Syrian and Jordanian border in what has become one of the biggest and most desperate refugee settlements in the region. Few outsiders have ever seen it.<p>NPR visited an area near the camp …

Refugees

UN sends a message: children are #NotATarget

<b>(CNN) —</b> Holding portraits of Syrian 6-year-olds, the entire UN organization mobilized Wednesday to make its message clear on the sixth anniversary of Syria's civil war.<p>Ahmad, Seedra, Radwan and Khadeeja have never known peace and should not be targets.<p>The sounds of war, whizzing bullets and …

Refugees

What Trump's Executive Order Means for the Syrian Health Crisis

With the collapse of the country’s health system, Syrians are already dying of treatable diseases. Now, none of them have a hope of making it to the U.S.<p>The U.S. took in 12,486 Syrian refugees in 2016, a tiny fraction of the 11 million Syrians who have fled their homes since the war there started …

Refugees

Images of the Displaced

The ferocity of crises worldwide is forcing a record number of people to flee their homes, seeking some form of safety within their own country or across international borders. There are 65.3 million displaced people worldwide, including 21.3 million refugees. Most have lost their homes to armed …

Refugees

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> …

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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 …

Pregnancy

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, …

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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> …

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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 …

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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 …

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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> …

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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 …

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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 …

Refugees

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Refugees

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’ …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Middle East

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> …

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