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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Who are Doctors Without Borders?

Doctors Without Borders is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization working in over 60 countries.

Who are Doctors Without Borders?

Medical staff volunteering with Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Duekoue Western Cote d'IvoireSince 1971 the Nobel Peace Prize winning organization Doctors Without Borders or Médecins Sans Frontières in French helps people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care.

For four years, the MSF trauma center in Kunduz Afghanistan was the only facility of its kind in northeastern Afghanistan, offering essential medical and surgical care. 

On Saturday October 3, 2015, US forces bombed the hospital. Doctors Without Borders states this was a blatant breach of International Humanitarian Law. Why? Because Under International Humanitarian Law hospitals in conflict zones are protected spaces.

Twelve MSF staff and 10 patients, including three children, were killed, and 37 people were injured, including 19 members of the MSF team. 

Ebola treatment centre in Maghuraka, Sierra Leone, which is run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).Doctors Without Borders states "This attack cannot be brushed aside as a mere mistake or an inevitable consequence of war. Statements from the Afghanistan government have claimed that Taliban forces were using the hospital to fire on Coalition forces. These statements imply that Afghan and US forces working together decided to raze to the ground a fully functioning hospital, which amounts to an admission of a war crime." Dr. Joanne Liu, Doctors Without Borders International President.

During the 30-minute air strike, the intensive care unit, emergency rooms and physiotherapy ward were targeted; the surrounding buildings in the compound were left virtually undamaged. Doctors Without Borders, national and international humanitarians are calling for an #IndependentInvestigation. 
Doctors Without Borders is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization working in over 60 countries.
Doctors Without Borders states “We need answers, not just for us but for all medical and humanitarian staff assisting victims of conflict, anywhere in the world. The preserve of health facilities as neutral, protected spaces depends on the outcome of a transparent, independent investigation.”

On 10/7/2015 US President Barack Obama called and apologized to Doctors Without Borders chief  for bombing in Kunduz Afghanistan. “When the United States makes a mistake, we own up to it, we apologize,” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, told reporters.

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