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MSF and the war in the former Yugoslavia 1991-2003

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Constraints and dilemmas in the former Yugoslavia

From 1991–2003, MSF bore witness to the war stricken former Yugoslavia, marked by ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity and a neglectful international community. In doing so, we found many reasons to speak out. ‘MSF and the war in the former Yugoslavia’, lays bare the dilemmas we faced as a medical humanitarian organisation trying to support the populations in need.

Facing a host of questions and dilemmas:

  • To what extent should MSF risk the lives of its staff in order to operate in conflict zones?
  • Should MSF condemn obstacles set up to limit the access to the population if it meant no longer having any access at all?
  • Should MSF denounce the fact that humanitarian aid was presented by the international political leaders as the only solution to the conflict and call for military force, an action that would lead to loss of human life?

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MAP MSF missions during the war in the former Yugoslavia (1991-2003)
MSF missions during the war in the former Yugoslavia (1991-2003)
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