7-30 | By Arjan Hehenkamp, MSF General Director The evidence is everywhere. Boat loads of emaciated people adrift on the Andaman Sea, begging for water; exhausted refugees staggering out of the surf on Greek islands, having survived the smugglers’ boats; desperate families breaking down the barbed wire fence separating Turkey and Syria, to escape the battles being fought a few miles away. The media is full of stories about people being enslaved in jungle camps in South East Asia and buried in mass graves.
7-21 | As large numbers of refugees fleeing unrest in Burundi cross the border to neighbouring Tanzania, the overcrowded refugee camp of Nyarugusu “has reached breaking point”, according to Sita Cacioppe, emergency coordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). With the influx of people, services are massively overstretched, and aid agencies are struggling to provide them with sufficient food, water, shelter and healthcare. Up to 1,000 people are crossing the forested border between Burundi and Tanzania each day.
7-8 | Ahmed (not real name) Ahmed is from Mosul, Iraq, and decided to flee to Turkey when the security situation became increasingly tense in his home town. Unable to secure a good life for himself and his family in Turkey, he decided to try and get to Europe to seek asylum, but the journey turned out to be much harder than he had thought. “My initial idea was to pay a smuggler to go from the coastal town of Mersin on a ship to Italy.
Greece: Thousands of migrants and refugees blocked in precarious conditions at the border with Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
7-8 | During the last week, the number of migrants and refugees stranded in the shrubby forests around the village of Idomeni on the border between Greece and The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) increased tenfold.
7-3 | The cancellation of monthly food rations in July for 49,500 Malian refugees in Mbera Camp is likely to cause a rise in global acute malnutrition levels, warns Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which provides medical care and malnutrition support in the camp. MSF calls on the international donor community to ensure that refugees in Mbera camp have reliable sources of food. The World Food Programme (WFP), faced with financial shortfalls, has been unable to secure financing for the general food distribution in July.