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Extreme violence. Investigating, Saving, Judging Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Syria

Over the last few years, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Syria have been places where situations of extreme violence took place. As witnesses and investigators of such, the authors of this book shed light on three key-moments that marked these tragic episodes:  the investigation, the emergency relief teams and the implementation of justice procedures leading to judgement.

Pour les 50 ans de @MSF_france, le Crash organise une table ronde lors de la conférence organisée par @IHSA le 3 nov. dès 19h pour discuter des origines de MSF et des transformations qu’a connu l’organisation, en présence notamment de Rony Brauman. https://t.co/gBoFG7zlUh
Claudine Vidal, sociologue, membre du Crash et coordinatrice du livre « Violences extrêmes. Enquêter, secourir, juger » paru aux @EditionsMSH présente au micro de Laurent Correau sur @RFI les travaux de recherches de cet ouvrage. https://t.co/RhNEpPZl0o
RT @PascalBoniface: 🎙️S5#7 – Qu'est-ce qu'une guerre juste ? Y a-t-il des guerres justes ? Faut-il refuser toutes interventions militaires…
Violences extrêmes. Enquêter, secourir, juger République démocratique du Congo, Rwanda, Syrie
Book

Extreme violence. Investigating, Saving, Judging Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Syria

Over the last few years, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Syria have been places where situations of extreme violence took place. As witnesses and investigators of such, the authors of this book shed light on three key-moments that marked these tragic episodes:  the investigation, the emergency relief teams and the implementation of justice procedures leading to judgement.

Christophe Ayad, journalist at Le Monde and host, Hakim Khaldi, researcher, Célian Macé, journalist at Liberation and Rony Brauman, former president of MSF speak during a debate questioning the relevance and the related dilemmas to interventions in countries plagued by radical groups. MSF 50th anniversary festival in Pantin, June 2021.
Media Relay

Looking back on Rony Brauman's "Activist of Humanitarianism" career.

Rony Brauman looks back on his humanitarian career in the France Culture program "A voix nue". This series of podcasts (recorded in French) of 5 episodes entitled "Activist of Humanitarianism" is an opportunity for the former president of MSF to retrace the key events that have marked his career and explains - while trying to move away from the Bourdieusian biographical illusion - how his political commitment has structured his vision and his practices of humanitarian action. 

Humanitarianism in the Modern World
Post de blog

Humanitarianism in the Modern World. The moral economy of famine relief

“Humanitarianism in the Modern World. The moral economy of famine relief” published by Cambridge University Press, is an open access book written by a team of three people, whose aim is to provide a history of contemporary humanitarianism through the prism of famines. Norbert Götz, Georgina Brewis and Steffen Werther are treading on fertile ground, as the number of publications on the history of humanitarianism has multiplied in recent years. However, the contribution they present here is rich and original.

 

Picture taken in North Kivu by Myfanwy James
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Médecins Sans Frontières and Humanitarian Negotiations for Access in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Myfanwy James is a research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine & DPhil (PhD) graduate from the University of Oxford. In this video, she presents her thesis entitled: “Instruments of Identity: Médecins Sans Frontières and Humanitarian Negotiations for Access in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)”. 

MSF medical mobile teams vaccinating Elderly people and frontline Healthcare workers in a nursing home in Tripoli.
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Covid-19 Reading List : the vaccines special edition

We can all agree that the emergence of Covid-19 vaccine is “an absolutely astonishing development”, but vaccines are unlikely to completely halt the spread of the virus, let alone eradicate it. Yet even without achieving herd immunity, the ability to vaccinate vulnerable people seems to be reducing hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19. 

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Roundtable - 50 years of Doctors without borders (Médecins sans frontières)

2021-11-03 18:30:00 2021-11-03 20:00:00 Europe/Paris Roundtable - 50 years of Doctors without borders (Médecins sans frontières) Médecins Sans Frontières is celebrating its 50th anniversary. On this occasion and in the framework of the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA) conference, the Crash is organizing a round table on the history of the organization, the myths surrounding it, and its recent evolution. 27 Rue Saint-Guillaume 75007 Paris France MSF CRASH

Médecins Sans Frontières is celebrating its 50th anniversary. On this occasion and in the framework of the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA) conference, the Crash is organizing a round table on the history of the organization, the myths surrounding it, and its recent evolution.

Agenda

Book launch event - Violences extrêmes. Enquêter, secourir, juger République démocratique du Congo, Rwanda, Syrie

2021-11-17 17:30:00 2021-11-17 19:30:00 Europe/Paris Book launch event - Violences extrêmes. Enquêter, secourir, juger République démocratique du Congo, Rwanda, Syrie The Crash team is very happy to welcome sociologist (CNRS) and Crash scientific committee member Claudine Vidal, and Hakim Khaldi, MENA Research fellow at MSF, for the launching event of the newly-published book “Violences extrêmes. Enquêter, secourir, juger République démocratique du Congo, Rwanda, Syrie” (Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l’homme, Paris 2021). 14-34 avenue Jean Jaurès 75019 Paris France MSF CRASH
Paris, le 15 juillet 2020. Près de la place de la République, 5 associations dont MSF, ont monté un campement le 29 juin 2020, d'une centaine de tentes accueillant des mineurs étrangers isolés afin d'alerter sur l'absence de prise en charge des mineurs étrangers à Paris.
Débat

Asylum and exile. A history of the distinction between migrants / refugees

Karen Akoka

On April 12 2021 we the great pleasure of hosting a virtual CRASH conference with political scientist and sociologist Karen Akoka, fresh from her publication in November of “Asylum and Exile. A History of the Refugee/Migrant Distinction" (La Découverte, 2020). The author describes and analyzes the trajectory of OFPRA, the French institution founded in 1952 and responsible for granting refugee status; she provides an insight into how the history of the distinction between migrants and refugees was established in France.

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Violences extrêmes. Enquêter, secourir, juger République démocratique du Congo, Rwanda, Syrie
Book

Extreme violence. Investigating, Saving, Judging Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Syria

Over the last few years, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Syria have been places where situations of extreme violence took place. As witnesses and investigators of such, the authors of this book shed light on three key-moments that marked these tragic episodes:  the investigation, the emergency relief teams and the implementation of justice procedures leading to judgement.

Residents of Al Mishlab, Raqqa returning back home to check their houses and belongings. The houses in Mishlab that still stand are scorched and reduced to piles of rubble, and the streets are full of rubbish and abandoned belongings: cooking pans, broken children’s toys and documents. Shops are burned and looted, and the empty bullet cases underfoot are an indication of the violence of this war.
Article

Humanitarian Field Practices in the Context of the Syrian Conflict from 2011 to 2018

This article was first published in Issue 2, Volume 2 of The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs. 

How can a medical humanitarian organisation deliver emergency assistance in Syria when there is nowhere in the country where civilians, the wounded and their families, medical personnel and aid workers are not targeted? Not in the areas controlled by the government, nor in those held by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the different rebel groups. So what action could be taken, and how? Remotely or on site? At the very least, we had to decipher the diverging political and military agendas, and then adapt, persist or sometimes just give up. In this article, I will present the full range of methods used to acquire knowledge and obtain information as well as the various networks used to carry out this venture. I will also show how Médecins Sans Frontières’ operations became a balancing act, punctuated by episodes of adapting to the various difficulties encountered.