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.
June 1, 2005 |
Sudan arrested a second Doctors Without Borders worker over a report on rapes in Darfur, U.N. and aid officials said. On Monday, Sudanese authorities detained Paul Foreman, a senior official from the aid group in Sudan, whose Darfur region has been plagued by more than two years of bloodshed. Foreman said he had been charged with spying, publishing false reports and undermining Sudanese society. Charges were pending against the second worker, Vince Hoedt.
July 29, 2004 |
A bomb blast Wednesday killed six people, including two United Nations workers registering Afghan voters, in an area of southeast Afghanistan where U.S.-led forces have frequently battled Taliban fighters and their allies.
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2003 |
Deborah Milligan looks the part of the Southern California surfer girl. With her blond hair tied back into a ponytail, her tan skin draped in linen and beachcombing flip-flops on her feet, she could blend right in with the denizens of her native Newport Beach. But for more than a year, Milligan saw more funerals than barbecues, and her feet traversed muddy, potholed roads rather than the fine grain of Pacific beaches.
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.