October 16, 1999 |
Doctors Without Borders, the gutsy and media-wise volunteer group that rushes medical and humanitarian succor to victims of war and disaster worldwide, on Friday was awarded the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize. Pioneer of a controversial approach to humanitarian activism, the organization often simply referred to as "the French doctors" insists on its right to act independently of governments and its moral duty to boldly speak out about the plight of the people it helps.
August 14, 2002 |
RUSSIA * Gunmen in southern Russia kidnapped a Dutch leader of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) in the second abduction of an aid worker in the troubled North Caucasus region since July, officials said. Arjan Erkel, head of the medical aid group's mission in Dagestan, a Russian republic bordering Chechnya, was taken late Monday outside Makhachkala, the Dagestani capital, police said.
July 28, 2004 |
Nobel Prize-winning relief agency Doctors Without Borders announced that it would withdraw from Afghanistan because of the killing of five of its staff and the risk of further attacks. The group also said it was pulling out because it was unhappy with a government investigation of the June 2 deaths and with the "co-optation of humanitarian aid" by U.S.-led forces there "for military and political motives."
February 9, 2001 |
The U.S. aid worker who spent nearly a month in captivity in Russia's separatist republic of Chechnya provided an account of his release Thursday that sharply contradicted the official Russian version. Kenneth Gluck, 39, who directed the Chechnya relief program of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning aid group Doctors Without Borders, declined to speculate as to who may have been behind his abduction.
November 24, 1994 |
The aid agency Doctors Without Borders evacuated its eight foreign staff members from a southern Somali port Wednesday after a British staff member was briefly kidnaped. The Briton, Tim Boucher, was freed after two hours, but he and other agency workers said they expected all expatriate aid workers to leave Kismayu by the end of the month. They told a news conference in Nairobi it is possible widespread fighting will erupt in Kismayu because of the withdrawal of 1,200 Indian U.N.
August 21, 2005 |
AS someone who travels chiefly for pleasure, I sometimes feel guilty that I'm living off the fat of the land and contributing virtually nothing in return. Far better to improve the world during your travels, like the volunteers who work in needy, sometimes dangerous places for Doctors Without Borders. The group, founded in 1971 in France as Medecins Sans Frontieres, is a nonprofit organization devoted to critical medical care.