Refugee

On various occasions since the Andaman crisis, including during the Bali Process, Malaysia and other South East Asian nations have emphasised the primacy of saving lives at sea. © Stéphane Coletti/MSF

In recent weeks, there have been numerous discussions in Malaysia related to the country’s ability to provide a safe haven for people in need of protection, after having survived a treacherous journey by sea.

Loaded like human cargo into a wooden fishing trawler, around 500 people attempting to reach Malaysia from refugee camps in Bangladesh were starved and beaten by people smugglers during a two-month voyage.

MSF's mobile clinic as seen in an IDP camp in northwest Syria. © Omar Haj Kadour

Not so long ago, COVID-19 was not yet making headlines worldwide. On the TV news, you’d watch reports on various non-pandemic-related topics. Many of these concerned the humanitarian situation in Idlib province, in northwest Syria.

The military offensive carried out by the Government of Syria and its allies in Northwest Syria, has led to the displacement of almost a million people in the space of just four months in the Idlib region . People have had to flee from their homes or from the camps they were already displaced in,...
An MSF staff member registers a patient outside the MSF mobile clinic in Bukit Gudung, Penang. © Arnaud Finistre

If the government wants to create more trust among refugee and migrant communities to come forward and get screened for COVID-19, they should officially repeal Circular 10/ 2001, under which healthcare providers are obliged to report “ill

How are you supposed to wash your hands regularly if you have no running water or soap? How can you implement "social distancing" if you live in a slum or a refugee camp? How are you supposed to stop crossing borders if you are fleeing from war?

In a pink room decorated with white flowers at Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) Kutupalong field hospital in Bangladesh, a woman lies curled around her sleeping child. Next to her, a young mother cradles a baby whilst her other daughter plays with a balloon. Rows of beds stretch in either direction...
As people continue to flee conflict in northeast Syria for Iraq, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has launched medical activities at one site receiving refugees in Iraq along the border with Syria and has assessed mental health needs in Bardarash camp, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. “Immediately...
In 2016, 50-year-old Shor Muluk embarked on a treacherous journey to Malaysia, fleeing violence against the Rohingya in Rakhine State, Myanmar. Leaving his wife and three children behind, he paid smugglers to transport him to Thailand. He spent seven days languishing on a crowded boat before being...
Beatrice Lau, Head of Mission for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Malaysia
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