Friends of MSF at UGA Inc. Press Release on War in Israel/Palestine
Friends of MSF at UGA Inc. (UGA Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières) Condemns Violence and Killing of Innocent People in Israel and Palestine
Friends of MSF at UGA Inc. is deeply concerned about the ongoing violence and killing of innocent people in Israel and Palestine. We condemn all acts of violence, regardless of who commits them.
We are particularly concerned about the impact of the violence on children. Children are the most vulnerable members of society, and they are often the first to suffer in times of conflict. The ongoing violence is taking a heavy toll on the mental and physical health of children on both sides of the conflict.
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is a medical humanitarian organization that provides emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, natural disasters, and epidemics, regardless of race, religion, gender, or political affiliation.
MSF has been working in the Palestinian territories since 1989, and in Gaza since 2000. The organization provides a range of medical services, including trauma care, surgery, mental health care, and maternal and child health care. During the recent escalation in violence, MSF has scaled up its operations in Gaza and the West Bank to meet the increased medical needs. MSF has also offered its support to Israeli hospitals treating a high number of casualties.
The organization has deployed additional medical staff and supplies and is supporting hospitals and clinics that are overwhelmed with casualties. MSF is also working to provide psychosocial support to people affected by the violence. The organization is running mobile clinics in Gaza that provide mental health care to children and adults.
Many hospitals and clinics where MSF personnel serve have been destroyed amid the violence. MSF is seeing shortages of water, electricity, and fuel, which hospitals rely on for their generators. Some hospitals only have enough fuel for four days. Attacks on healthcare facilities, vehicles, and personnel have disrupted our ability to respond to the emergency.
MSF is committed to providing independent and impartial medical humanitarian assistance to people affected by the conflict in Israel and Palestine. The organization calls on all parties to the conflict to respect the safety and neutrality of medical personnel and facilities.
If you or those around you would like to help MSF’s efforts to serve those in Palestine and Israel, please consider donating money via:
Or directly through our FoMSF UGA donation page: https://events.doctorswithoutborders.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.personalCampaign&participantID=8638.
The Friends of MSF at UGA Inc. Board of Directors
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