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Arjan Hehenkamp

General director of MSF

General director of the international medical humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

Arjan Hehenkamp
15 Jul 2015

Boat people horror tip of the iceberg

The evidence is everywhere. Boatloads of emaciated people adrift on the Andaman Sea, begging for water; exhausted refugees staggering out of the surf on Greek islands, having survived the smugglers' boats; desperate families breaking down the barbed wire fence separating Turkey and Syria, to escape the battles being fought a few miles away. The media is full of stories about people being enslaved in jungle camps in Southeast Asia and buried in mass graves. Those who make it from Libya tell dreadful stories of beheadings, torture and rape.

15 Jul 2015