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# Lebanon
Beaches, black marketeers and migrant millionaires - the tragedy of Beirut
Reporter Niall O’Connor visited Beirut this week to see the crisis hit Lebanese capital two years after a massive explosion ripped through its streets.
'It's absolutely terrifying': Charity workers on the shock and despair faced by displaced Ukrainians
A report by
Céimin Burke
Doctors say Russia’s targeting of civilians is having a severe impact on many Ukrainians mental health.
All time
# Podcast
The Explainer: Does global vaccine inequality put us at risk of new Covid variants?
Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin, Kim Roberts, and Dimitri Eynikel from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ‘Access’ campaign join us on the podcast this week.
# Civil War
'People die in a surprisingly short amount of time': Call for urgent intervention as war-torn Yemen battles Covid-19
Experts have warned that Yemen’s healthcare system is on the brink of collapse.
# beirut
'You're living in a jungle and you have to survive': The reality of life in a refugee camp
Refugee camps in Lebanon are at breaking point but many people don’t want to leave their homes, instead choosing to improve them from inside.
# Lebanon
'We're showering twice a day': Concerns over 'disastrous' consequences Covid-19 could cause in refugee camps
NGOs have warned that self-isolation is virtually impossible in refugee camps and informal settlements.
# Nauru
Mental health of migrants detained under Australian 'offshore processing policy' equivalent to 'victims of torture'
Médecins Sans Frontières said the mental health of migrants on Nauru is the worst it has seen.
# Miracle
Irish nurse helps deliver baby boy on board rescue ship
The mother had been kidnapped in Libya and was subjected to regular beatings before she escaped.
# Syria
'A relentless mass casualty disaster': Medical aid at breaking point in East Ghouta
More than 900 civilians have been killed in the nearly three-week assault in Ghouta, Syria.
# medecins sans frontieres
Now international aid organisation MSF says it had to sack 19 people for harassment last year
A scandal over sexual abuse in the foreign aid industry that began with Oxfam is now spreading.
# Mediterranean Sea
Two humanitarian groups suspend migrant rescues due to threats from Libya
Germany-based Sea-Eye said it made the decision to halt its water rescues “with a heavy heart,” but for the sake of its crew’s safety.
# Syria
Airstrikes or minefields: The deadly choice facing Raqqa’s 300,000 residents
US-backed forces are advancing on Raqqa – a stronghold of the so-called Islamic State.
# International Aid
The gift of giving: Ireland's €25 million to this year's worst crises
Even though these international crises are overseas, Ireland has shown that these are issues close to home through their 2016 donations.
# Syria
'How else can I say it? Stop bombing hospitals': Latest Aleppo attack hits city's most vulnerable
“The attacks have destroyed entire hospitals, electric generators, emergency rooms and wards, forcing them to stop all medical activities.”
# the Mediterranean
29 migrants die in toxic pool of fuel and seawater off coast of Libya
The horrific discovery was made yesterday by a Doctors without Borders (MSF) rescue ship.
# besieged
Aleppo has eight hospitals - four have been bombed in the last five days
One of them twice.
# death at sea
Premature twins recovering after being rescued from rubber dingy: 'They were so small and so cold'
“I was expecting normal newborns but they were much smaller…I was very surprised when I saw them.”
Charity rejects EU funding in protest at 'shameful' response to migrant crisis
“We cannot accept funding from the EU or the member states while at the same time treating the victims of their policies.”
# baby nubia
This beautiful shot is our image of the day
Nubia is MSF’s last-known Ebola patient in Conakry, Guinea.
# Afghanistan
Charity review finds US attack on MSF hospital "conducted with a purpose to kill and destroy”
At least 30 people were killed, including 13 staff members, 10 patients and seven unrecognisable bodies yet to be identified.
# migrant crisis
Woman gives birth on board migrant boat in the Mediterranean
The 25-year-old mother was making her way to Europe from Cameroon.
# Afghanistan
After patients burn to death in hospital bombing, charity refuses to take US money
President Barack Obama has apologised to the charity, admitting the attack was a mistake.
# Doctors Without Borders
The US is struggling to explain how it bombed an MSF hospital and killed 22 people
Medecins Sans Frontieres are calling the attack a ‘war crime’.
# Afghanistan
Obama promises investigation into US hospital airstrike that saw "patients burn to death in their beds"
12 Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF) staff members were killed in the attack.
# Afghanistan
As many as 20 people killed in alleged US airstrike, including MSF workers
The charity says Washington was fully appraised of the hospital’s location in advance of the strike.
# Conflict
Bombed, embargoed, displaced - life inside war-torn Yemen
Over a million Yemenis have been displaced as a result of ongoing conflict.
# Deaths and Destruction
Over 10,000 kids dead and no end in sight. Why do we not care?
The conflict enters its fifth year tomorrow.
# West Africa
Will clinical trials for Ebola treatment stop its deadly spread?
Drug and blood-based trials will begin in West Africa next month.
# Liberia
'When my son's test for Ebola came back positive, it was a night of agony for me'
16-year-old Kollie James has become Médecins Sans Frontières’ 1,000th Ebola survivor.
# Released
Five charity workers released after five months in captivity in Syria
In Aleppo 40 doctors are left to treat 2.5 million people. Before the war, there were 2,000.
# Outbreak
Crowd attacks Ebola treatment centre
The violence took place in a town in Guinea where at least 14 people have died of the deadly disease.
# Outbreak
Funerals are spreading deadly Ebola virus, warn doctors
The outbreak of the virus has already claimed 61 lives.
# Investigation
UN experts to investigate whether chemical weapons were used in Syria
The team from the UN will begin an investigation tomorrow.
# Chemical Weapons
Doctors: 3,600 Syrians had symptoms on day of alleged chemical weapon attack
The victims all flooded into three hospitals within hours of each other, and 355 of them died, according to Médecins Sans Frontières.
# Syria
Video: Life and death in a makeshift Syrian hospital
A video from Médecins Sans Frontières, which has five fully-functioning makeshift hospitals in Syria, gives an insight into the work it does in the country.
Column: For women giving birth in a war zone, I was more than just a midwife
Tens of thousands have died in the ongoing, bloody conflict in Syria to date – and those who remain live under constant threat of violence. Midwife Cathy Janssens writes about trying to bring new life into the world in such unstable circumstances.
Column: 'Sleeping sickness' is devastating small African communities – I need to show them they're not forgotten
Barrie Rooney, a biomedical analyst from Co Leitrim, explains what motivates her to travel to remote areas of Africa to treat patients suffering from sleeping sickness – and how her Irish culture helps her connect with the people she helps.
# South Sudan
Pictures: The humanitarian crisis in South Sudan
Médecins Sans Frontiéres says that thousands of refugees are at risk of dying from illnesses that are entirely preventable.
# South Sudan
'This situation is entirely preventable': Death and desperation in South Sudan
As South Sudan marks a year of independence, Medecins Sans Frontieres is calling for urgent intervention as one refugee camp in a wholly unsuitable area is overwhelmed with new arrivals and dreadful conditions.
Column: If they weren’t lucky or strong enough, they died along the way
Amid 35,000 people who are running out of water, Chiara Burzio describes the scenes in South Sudan.