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Attestation, an experiment of mass obedience

02/02/2024

On Thursday 29 February at 6.00pm, we welcomed sociologists Théo Boulakia and Nicolas Mariot, the authors of "L’Attestation. Une expérience d’obéissance de masse, printemps 2020".

Jeddah campCandida Lobes Analysis

Crisis and Humanitarian Containment

12/19/2023Fabrice Weissman

Challenging the idea that humanitarian actors can act free from politics by virtue of their principles, this chapter argues that the politicization of humanitarian aid is in fact the primary condition for its deployment. Humanitarian actors can only act if they maintain a balance between their own interests and those of people in positions of power. This raises a crucial ethical question: At what point do humanitarian organisations consider that deals reached with political powers cross the blurred but very real line beyond which humanitarian assistance does more harm than good?

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Interview

Thinking on and beyond the concept of de-westernization

10/16/2023Rony Brauman

This interview by Didier Billion and Marc Verzeroli was originally published in the Revue internationale et stratégique. To examine the concept of de-westernization, Rony Brauman describes the current state of international relations, marked by fluid alliances and new power relationships. He states and details his reservations about whether universal values truly exist and how the international criminal justice system functions.

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Camps of internally displaced people in and around GomaMSF/Michael NeumanOpinion

Goma’s IDPs: a catastrophe in plain sight

06/16/2023Michaël Neuman

Michaël Neuman describes his visit to Goma’s IDP camps, where he spent two weeks. He shares his dismay at the low level of assistance provided by the aid sector, especially when we recall that the Sphere standards, born precisely out of the failure of the humanitarian response in this same region of Goma in the mid-1990s, were conceived and championed by all of us.

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MSF Staff At al Shifa HospitalMSFIn the media

Raid on Al-Shifa: What's next after Israel's operation at Gaza hospital

11/16/2023Michaël Neuman

Michaël Neuman was invited to the Debate of France 24 to talk about the dire conditions in which the Palestinian population lives. He denounces the massacre that is happening in the Gaza strip which keeps increasing days after days, despite growing international condemnations, especially after the armed intervention of the Israeli soldiers justified by the alleged tunnels occupied by the Hamas below the Al Shifa Hospital.

 

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The Sex Thieves: The Anthropology of a Rumor

05/09/2023 - 04:30 PM 06:30 PMJulien Bonhomme

We were pleased to welcome anthropologist Julien Bonhomme, author of the book The Sex Thieves: The Anthropology of a Rumor for a conference and debate on Tuesday, May 9th, 2023 at 18:30 (Paris time) at MSF (34 avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris).

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Racisme et humanitaireIsabel Corthier Dossier

Racism and Humanitarian Action

02/03/2022Elba RahmouniMarc Le Pape

This Crash dossier gathers a selection of Crash publications published over the last twenty years: all of them, in different manners, tackle the themes of racism and humanitarian action. They also evoke the way discussions about racism have been addressed at Médecins sans Frontières. 

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Idomeni after the closing of the borderAlex Yallop/MSFDossier

Migrants / refugees

05/29/2018Elba Rahmouni

With the cold war over, refugees have lost their status as an instrument of western soft power, whereas with the economic crisis and terrorism, hostility towards migrants is increasing. Prevailing representations of migration movements are convincing a growing proportion of the European population that migrants are a threat and refugees a burden. This file contains a collection of publications (articles, opinion columns, blog articles, press releases, CRASH papers) from 1990 to date, focusing on two themes : 1° the dichotomy between hospitality policy and migration policy, 2° camps approached from a number of different angles.  

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Plumpy’Nut is being handed out in Ndougoury village.Djerabe NdegrgarOpinion

Resale of therapeutic food: who benefits from demonising mothers?

12/30/2022Michel-Olivier Lacharité

This article was published on December 26th, 2022 on the Souk, the MSF associative website.
Accusing the mothers of malnourished children of being lawless fraudsters is a well-worn trope in malnutrition treatment programmes worldwide – and one that has resurfaced recently in Nigeria, stirred up by health workers and the media. These types of accusations obscure a series of tricky truths on the control of resources, the quality of malnutrition treatment programmes, and on the extreme precariousness in which many families live. We see all of this in northwest Nigeria’s Katsina state, where we are currently conducting the largest malnutrition programme in the history of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

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