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Story of the day: Wold Humanitarian Day: Migration in the Mediterranean

August 19, 2015 Posted in : EU affairs, Europe, Experts, Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Government, International affairs, Ireland, Journalists, Migration, MSF

Today is World Humanitarian Day and we have an expert available to comment throughout the day.

Story Idea: Recent tragic mass-drownings at sea and disgraceful behaviour by authorities on European soil have put the spotlight on the Mediterranean; where record numbers of people are fleeing brutal wars and insecurity in the Middle East and Africa by attempting the dangerous crossing in un-seaworthy boats. Three Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) search & rescue vessels have saved over 10,600 lives at sea (about 15% of all those saved) but tragically there have been too many drownings and deaths at sea. Our medical teams are also working with refugees and migrants in the port of Pozallo, Sicily and in Kos, Greece; where in-adequate reception facilities exist. The scale of this humanitarian crisis requires Europe to do more for people who risk their lives at sea, and when they reach land in Europe.

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Story ideas for Wednesday 22nd July 2015

July 20, 2015 Posted in : International affairs, Ireland, MSF, Yeman

Story Idea: Yemen: A war on civilians?
Expert: Jane Ann McKenna (Expert in International Affairs & Humanitarian Aid) Director, Médecins Sans Frontières.          
The Hook: A brutal war is taking a heavy toll on the people of Yemen- where thousands have been injured or killed since March of this year. Relentless airstrikes and shelling have destroyed residential areas, market places and hospitals. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is one of the only international organisations still in Yemen and since March has treated more than 4,000 war-wounded. André Heller Perache, Head of Mission in Yemen, will be in Dublin to describe his experience of leading MSF’s emergency response to this under-reported but severe humanitarian crisis.

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