doctors without borders

In 16 months of search and rescue on the Mediterranean, we’ve met nearly 30,000 of the most hopeful & resilient people.

Meet Michael and Rachel, 21 and 22 years old from Nigeria. 

Rachel: “I was pregnant when I left Nigeria, counting up to 8 months when I left. I gave birth in Libya, Sabha precisely. I don’t have money to go to the hospital. But thanks god I delivered successfully. And my baby now is 4 months old. Yesterday we came to Italy, today makes him 4 months and 8 days. And the travel from Libya to Italy, and the sea movement, it wasn’t easy. It’s not easy for us to come but thank God we got on our journey.

Each time I think about this whole journey… Libya, Nigeria… Even crossing the sea. It’s not easy, I cry all the time. We really passed through pain. The pain was too much for us. It was too much to be there.”

June 8th was an intense day for Doctors Without Borders’ search and rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea. The MSF ship Bourbon Argos, that set sail from Zarzis in Tunisia, rescued 362 people from three boats in distress: 134 in the first one, 113 in the second and 115 in the third. On the three rubber rafts, the majority were from Nigeria, Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Togo and Senegal. Between the three boats, 57 women were rescued as well as 2 children.

A Palestinian medic points to the spot where Israeli gunmen executed 28-year-old Abdallah al-Shalalda in a patient’s room at al-Ahli hospital in Hebron in the early hours of 12 November.

Israel executes Palestinian in hospital room

  • The execution of a man at a hospital in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron early Thursday has generated shock even among Palestinians familiar with Israel’s brutality.
  • At 2:43am, two dozen Israeli gunmen disguised as Palestinians invaded al-Ahli hospital. They included two dressed as women, one as a pregnant woman in a wheelchair, and others wearing fake beards, according to thePalestinian Centre for Human Rights.
  • At around 2:45, five agents, including two disguised as women, raided a patient’s room.
  • Abdallah al-Shalalda suffered three bullet wounds to his head, chest and arm, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights.
  • Hospital staff and eyewitnesses, including another al-Shalalda relative, told The Guardian that the Israelis hid guns beneath the agent pretending to be a pregnant woman.
  • The relative, Bilal al-Shalalda, described the Israeli attack: “It was around 3am and I was asleep when a large number of undercover soldiers arrived. They put the other patients in the corner and tied my hands with a belt. When Abdallah came out of the bathroom where he was washing his hands in preparation for morning prayers they shot him and left him to bleed on the floor.”
  • “Israeli forces have a long history of carrying out unlawful killings in the occupied Palestinian territories, including extrajudicial executions,” Philip Luther, Middle East program director for Amnesty International,said.
  • “The fact that Abdullah al-Shalalda was shot in the head and upper body suggests this was an extrajudicial execution, adding to a disturbing pattern of similar recent incidents by Israeli forces in the West Bank which warrant urgent investigation,” Luther added.
  • “Witnesses report that he was not armed, was some meters away from the soldiers and police and had not attempted to attack them,” according Luther. “There was no attempt to arrest Abdullah al-Shalalda, according to the witnesses, or to use non-lethal alternatives before shooting him dead.”
  • The murder of Abdallah al-Shalalda and abduction of his cousin Azzam marks the most brazen of a series of Israeli attacks on medical facilities in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
  • In October, the Palestine Red Crescent Society documented 228 Israeli violations against healthcare facilities, including assaults on medical staff and delays of and attacks on ambulances by Israeli forces, according to the human rights group Al-Haq.
  • The United Nations and other international bodies have condemned the Israeli attacks on medical facilities as violations of international law and fundamental rights. But governments have taken no action to hold Israel accountable and puncture the impunity it continues to enjoy.

Woohoo! This calls for a massive celebration! We got to our goal ($10 000)!!!

We would like to thank everyone who have helped to reach the goal: all the donators, the people who have bought charity gear, the artists, the fans who have made edits and/or reblogged them, people who have been putting the word out, and all the others ♥  You guys rock so hard, and we couldn't have done it without you! xx

…and we still have 9 days left til Liam’s birthday, so let’s see how much more we can raise for MSF! :)

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Part 22 of “A Tale of Two Rulers“

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Thanks so much to all my amazing supporters on Patreon that help make this fan-comic happen! ♥ (If is wasn’t for you it would be a lot harder for me to have time to work on this and keep up with the bills so I’m super grateful)

If you would like to help out as well the link is here and, again, thanks so much! :)

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This statement by Bayer CEO sums up everything that is wrong with the multinational pharmaceutical industry. Pharmaceutical companies are singularly focused on profit and so aggressively push for patents and high drug prices. Diseases that don’t promise a profit are neglected, and patients who can’t afford to pay are cut out of the picture. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Read our response:http://ow.ly/sS4Uc

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Over the next few weeks I’ve decided to accept 50 small portrait commissions in exchange for people giving money to Doctors Without Borders.

—Updates— (as of Aug 25th, 2016)

  • -There are 44 commission slots still open! :)
  • -Total amount given to DWB so far for this fundraiser: $120

Thank you so much to everyone that’s donated! I will have your drawings done in a few days!

— About —

  • -Hand drawn in pencil and are 3x5 inches big
  • -The cost is a $20 donation made directly to DWB
  • -Any character you want
  • -Portraits are from the shoulders up like in the examples.

— Details on how to participate —

  • - When you make your donation to Doctors Without Borders, take a screen shot of the donation confirmation screen or of your donation confirmation email. (of course, feel free to blur/block out private information.)
  • - Then send it to my email address, LORillustration@gmail.com, along with what character you would like drawn, and the address you want it mailed to.
  • - I will cover the shipping costs.

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Last Wednesday, airstrikes obliterated Al Quds Hospital in Aleppo.

They blew apart at least 50 men, women and children.

It killed one of the last remaining pediatricians in the city.  

A murderous airstrike.

We are facing an epidemic of attacks on health facilities, impeding our ability to do our core work.

And to date, our calls for independent investigations have gone unheeded.

Accountability begins with independent and impartial fact finding.

Perpetrators cannot be investigators, judges and juries.

Make no mistake: we will relentlessly denounce attacks on healthcare.

We will speak out loudly and with force about what we witness in the field.

Medicine must not be a deadly occupation. Patients must not be attacked or slaughtered in their beds.

Re-commit, unambiguously, to the norms that govern the conduct of war.

This resolution must lead to all states and non-state actors stopping the carnage.  

You must also pressure your allies to end attacks on healthcare and populations in conflict areas.

We will not leave patients behind. And we will not be silent.

Seeking or providing healthcare must not be a death sentence.

You will be judged not on your words today, but on your actions.  Your work has only begun.

Make this resolution save lives.


While the nature of warfare may have changed, the rules of war have not.

You are charged with protecting peace and security.

You therefore must live up to your extraordinary responsibilities, and set an example for all states.

I repeat: Stop these attacks.

Doctors Without Borders says it is under “the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed” after a U.S.-led NATO coalition bombed its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

The aid organization, referred to internationally in French as Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF), asserted that it “condemn[s] this attack, which constitutes a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law.”

The U.S. military’s version of the story behind the bombing is full of holes, and constantly changing. After launching airstrikes on Kunduz, which has recently seen an insurgency by the Taliban, on Saturday morning, NATO said its bombing “may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.”

At least 23 people people were killed in the airstrikes, including 13 staff members and 10 patients, three of whom were children.

Liam Payne aka a ball of sunshine with a big heart…

…has done so much for fans…

….so we, the fans, would like to give back!

In honour of his 22nd birthday, we are raising money for Médecins Sans Frontières (UK), or Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

What is MSF about?

MSF exists to save lives by providing medical aid where it is needed most. Since 1971, MSF has cared for millions of people caught up in crises. They go where the need is greatest, be it a natural disaster, a war, an exodus of refugees or to help people excluded from healthcare.They run hospitals and clinics, perform surgeries, battle epidemics, carry out vaccination campaigns, operate feeding centres and offer mental healthcare. MSF currently has projects running in over 60 countries.

How does MSF help exactly?

MSF UK’s projects include:

…and many more!

MSF staff members often find themselves in dangerous and even life-threatening situations, yet that doesn’t stop them from helping others!


Let’s show our appreciation for Liam by helping people in need in his name!

DONATE HERE to support the amazing work of brave MSF staff in honour of Liam’s birthday and help to make a difference!


Images credit: @TheWayYouthZone | thewayyouthzone.org  | @lpaynews | ziamchapel | MSF UK

The Radically Changing Story of the U.S. Airstrike on Afghan Hospital: From Mistake to Justification

By Glenn Greenwald

When news first broke of the U.S. airstrike on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, the response from the U.S. military was predictable and familiar. It was all just a big, terrible mistake, its official statement suggested: an airstrike it carried out in Kunduz “may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.” Oops: our bad. Fog of war, errant bombs, and all that.

But there’s something significantly different about this incident that has caused this “mistake” claim to fail. Usually, the only voices protesting or challenging the claims of the U.S. military are the foreign, non-western victims who live in the cities and villages where the bombs fall. Those are easily ignored, or dismissed as either ignorant or dishonest. Those voices barely find their way into U.S. news stories, and when they do, they are stream-rolled by the official and/or anonymous claims of the U.S. military, which are typically treated by U.S. media outlets as unassailable authority.

In this case, though, the U.S. military bombed the hospital of an organization – Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)) – run by western-based physicians and other medical care professionals. They are not so easily ignored. Doctors who travel to dangerous war zones to treat injured human beings are regarded as noble and trustworthy. They’re difficult to marginalize and demonize. They give compelling, articulate interviews in English to U.S. media outlets. They are heard, and listened to.

So the U.S. just bombed an Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, and nine staff are dead and many more injured. Nice, bombing medical charities. But the U.S. is the best, right? They’re saving the world? I’m guessing this will be hushed in the media over there, too. Disgusting.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/03/three-medecins-sans-frontieres-staff-killed-in-afghanistan-hospital-bombing

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The media stripped Liam of his songwriting credits on “No Control” and we want to let him know that we appreciate him and his songwriting skills while supporting his birthday charity drive for MSF! 

paynoisbatman has generously offered to match any donations with the hashtag #songwriterLiam up to $250!!

So how do you do this?

Donate to the charity drive and make sure to include #songwriterLiam in the donation message for your donation to be matched!

You can also leave a lovely message about Liam’s songwriting :)

Moreover, if you add #loosechangeforLiam to the message as well, your donation will be tripled!

Let’s show our love for songwriter Liam with #songwriterLiam Loose Change Special! <3


Photo credit: imgur | @CherylOfficial | robknox_ | juicyj

I just can’t get over the idea of Ganondorf trying to take over the world with Chicken and Waffles at a modest price with service you just can’t beat. 

I’m going to make this into a shirt for myself.

If anyone else wants one too, donate 10$ to Doctors without Borders, show me that you did that (*details on how to do that are below the “keep reading” cut), and I’ll mail you an 8.5 x 8.6 inch Iron-on Transfer Print of it so you can put it on whatever shirt you like best.


***Details on how to get this in exchange for your donation to DWB below***


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