Situation Critical: An MSF Frontline Report from the Unfolding Refugee Crisis in South Sudan
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Join us online for a LIVE moderated panel discussion on
one of the most under-reported humanitarian emergencies in the world today, featuring recently returned Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency field staff and a slide show by an award-winning photojournalist.
Over the past eight months, more than 170,000 refugees have fled fighting and aerial bombardments in Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile States for camps across the border in South Sudan. Yet this escalating emergency has received scant media attention and garnered little in the way of donor funding compared to the scale of the crisis.
MSF has deployed thousands of staff to run hospitals and malnutrition feeding centers, build wells for drinking water, and provide sanitation services in response to the emergency in South Sudan. Facing catastrophic death rates, escalating malnutrition, outbreaks of malaria, and extremely complex logistical hurdles, MSF teams are further scaling up an already massive aid effort in an incredibly challenging environment.
The panelists will provide first-hand accounts of the on-the-ground reality of mobilizing the aid effort; from dealing with washed out roads and airstrips, to coping with outbreaks of severe malnutrition, malaria, and diarrheal disease. They’ll share stories from refugees fleeing the violence in Sudan. The panelists will also answer questions submitted via an online web chat.
A reportage from photojournalist John Stanmeyer of VII Photo & National Geographic Magazine
Sophie Delaunay - Executive Director, MSF-USA
Matthew Horning, MD - MSF South Sudan Emergency Physician
Kate Mort - MSF South Sudan Emergency Human Resources Coordinator and MSF-USA Field Human Resources Officer
Phil Zabriskie - MSF South Sudan Emergency Communications Officer and MSF-USA Managing Editor
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Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe. For more information, please visit www.doctorswithoutborders.org.