#Unblockaid to Syria and the crisis in CAR - MSF weekly scrapbook #56

Welcome to the last scrapbook of 2013. This week, CAR and Syria continue to suffer incredible hardship as our teams continue their tireless work. MSF is monitoring events in South Sudan where violence broke out in Juba, and once again we heap praise on our amazing supporters and bloggers.


  1. In the news

  2. Central African Republic
  3. The situation in CAR is worse than originally expected, with 1,000 people reportedly killed in the last two days from fighting between Muslim and christian militias. MSF continues to treat those injured in the fighting, regardless of their religious affiliation.
  4. The situation for those displaced by the threat of violence remains critical. One of our teams on the ground estimates a total of 120,000 people hiding in the bush, with no access to medical aid.
  5. Syria
  6. This week MSF has demanded that aid be unblocked so we can help people who need it most, wherever they are. Currently all aid provided by UN agencies flows through Damascus, and an estimated seven million people in opposition-held areas are receiving a minimum level of assistance. Syria's once advanced healthcare system has been utterly destroyed, with catastrophic implications for the people of Syria.
  7. MSF has also called for the end to indiscriminate targeting of civilians. This week government forces have dropped barrel bombs on residential areas of Aleppo, including a school. On Sunday alone 189 people were killed, and many more injured in such attacks. The increase in wounded has put a serious strain on hospitals operating in Aleppo
  8. South Sudan
  9. Violence between military factions in South Sudan has sparked tensions in the world's youngest state. Thousands of people have sought refuge in the UN compound in Juba, and UN peacekeepers have been caught in the violence. MSF has been active in the region since 1983, and has thousands of employees working in the country. Despite the violence, MSF will remain in the country.
  10. We are monitoring the situation and are ready to deploy those who need our help.
  11. Our amazing supporters

  12. This week saw comedians Tim Minchin and Robin Ince put on some fantastic shows for MSF. A big thank you to everyone who made this happen!