Food distribution is not one of MSF’s main functions, but the organization decided to step as a preventative measure when they realized that people were not receiving sufficient sustenance.
The authorities at MSF say the camps they are living in are overcrowded, informal settlements – hardly making it any easier to fight away the cold.
During the month of December, MSF distributed food to 500 families living Maiduguri, to last them for two weeks.
MSF rescued people who crossed the Mediterranean Sea from Africa into Europe, in search of a better life.
She was one of 435 people rescued from three separate boating incidents by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) search and rescue boat, Dignity I.
Over 7 000 people were displaced by xenophobic violence in KwaZulu-Natal.
Refugees Elvira and Amuri relate how they are people continuously on the run. Having first fled war and poverty in Burundi and DRC, they now struggle to survive in a hostile South Africa.
Dubbed Operation Fiela, the joint raids by the police and soldiers have resulted in the arrests of some 1000 people, including at least 800 undocumented migrants throughout the country.
“People in the camps in Durban have expressed scepticism about reintegrating into back into communities where 6 weeks ago they were systematically targeted because they are foreigners – regardless of being migrants or refugees. There have also been documented violent incidents involving police in the camps,” said the MSF.
“In Phoenix Camp, we treated a man who had multiple arm fractures. Only three hours earlier, he had been severely beaten by a mob of 15 men. They threw him into the river after the attack, but he managed to survive. We have seen pockets of violence targeting individuals.”