Don’t blame the Doctors, they’ve been struggling to find a way to change things for years.
3 Aid Workers for Doctors Without Borders Are Killed in Tigray … The aid group condemned the “brutal murder” of a Spaniard and two Ethiopians …
Far too many of their Doctors and volunteers have been killed over the years. So, it makes sense for them to wait until an area is relatively stable before rendering aid. Even then, they often go into places at their own personal risk, far more than any other similar aid would ever venture.
TRIPOLI/NEW YORK, June 22, 2021–Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will temporarily suspend activities in Mabani and Abu Salim detention centers in Tripoli, the capital of Libya, following repeated incidents of violence towards refugees and migrants held there, the international medical humanitarian organization announced today.
“This is not an easy decision to make, as it means we won’t be present in detention centers where we know people are suffering on a daily basis,” said Beatrice Lau, MSF head of mission in Libya. “However, the persistent pattern of violent incidents and serious harm to refugees and migrants, as well as the risk to the safety of our staff, has reached a level that we are no longer able to accept. Until the violence stops and conditions improve, MSF can no longer provide humanitarian and medical care in these facilities.”
Since February this year, incidents of ill-treatment, physical abuse, and violence against people held in these detention centers have increased. In just one week, MSF teams witnessed firsthand or received reports of at least three violent incidents resulting in severe physical and psychological harm.
For more than a year, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been providing medical care to refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants held inside Tripoli detention centres in Libya, in conditions that are horrific and inhumane.
Detainees are stripped of any human dignity, suffer ill-treatment and lack access to medical care. Detention is causing harm and unnecessary suffering. It is directly linked to the majority of the physical and mental health problems for which detainees require medical attention. People are held arbitrarily with no way to challenge the legality of their detention, virtually no access to consular services or to the outside world.
Volunteers don’t want to die needlessly…wow the nerve of them!
In all seriousness, in Tanzania they are called Doctors Without Pants.
The intention is good on the funding side, & I’m not faulting the organization any more than any other do-gooders, but if & when ( I do mean ‘if’ ! ) any aid reaches people in need at the bottom, there is a price.
“The Donor Nations”. Collectively, the west is known as The Donor Nations. That is how you are usually referred to. I hear it on TV: “The Donor Nations”. I read it in news articles: “The Donor Nations”. I hear it in political speeches & news commentators: “The Donor Nations”. I hear it from friends & neighbors in friendly conversation: “The Donor Nations”. Even when the topic is not aid, per se, N.A. & Euro countries are generally thought of: “The Donor Nations.”
The largest part of TZ GDP is straight-up gifts from the West. But the people remain poor. The elite get rich. Teachers are given textbooks to hand out to their students: they sell them at the market & pocket the proceeds. Ebola broke out in Congo & TZ doctors on the Congo border were sent IVs, gowns, medicines in anticipation: they sold all, leaving their people vulnerable. (Thank God the epidemic remained in Congo.)
Moral: Get involved PERSONALLY. I am not suggesting you walk away, but walk into it. Spend your own money where you, personally, control what happens to it. At worst, give it to someone you know well personally & trust who has boots on the ground; 1, not 2, degrees of removal. (If you don’t have personal friends like that, get better friends.)