1-30 | International aid provided to Syria is not being distributed equally between government and opposition controlled areas. The areas under government control receive nearly all international aid, while opposition-held zones receive only a tiny share. Donors must support cross-border humanitarian operations to reach opposition-held areas, says the international medical aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ahead of the Donors’ Conference for Syria in Kuwait City.
1-29 | As tensions increase between government forces and Mai-Mai militias in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls on all parties to avoid harming civilians who have fled into the surrounding bush in their thousands. The exact extent of the displacement is hard to quantify, but most of the villages along the 115km road from Shamwana to Dubie are empty, as are villages along the 70km stretch between Shamwana and Mpiana.
1-28 | All parties to the conflict in Syria should respect patients, medical staff and health facilities, said Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). On 24 January a missile landed 800 metres from an MSF field hospital in the Aleppo area, although no casualties were reported. On 13 January, after an airstrike on a market in the nearby town of Azaz, 20 wounded were treated at MSF’s hospital.
1-25 | Two weeks after military operations began in northern Mali, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues to work in the regions of Mopti, Gao, and Timbuktu. In addition, on the morning of January 24, a small MSF medical team managed to reach Konna, a town located 70 kilometers north of Mopti, in the pivotal area between Mali’s northern and southern sectors, where there has been intense fighting over the past week. Furthermore, nearly 6,000 new refugees were registered in Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso.Questions of Access