Migrants: “Canada needs to get its feet wet” in the G7, said the president of Doctors without borders

Migrants: «le Canada doit se mouiller» au G7, dit la présidente de Médecins sans frontières

The president of Doctors without borders (MSF), Joanne Liu, believes that Canada should take advantage of the next G7 meeting, La Malbaie, to set the tone, and squarely address the crisis of some 60 million people in forced displacement on the planet.

“Canada needs to get wet”, she said, Monday, in press conference, after having warned an audience gathered by the Conseil des relations internationales de Montréal (CORIM) that inaction is not an option in the face of the crisis of the migrants.

“Today, not to speak of the crisis of forced displacement in the world (at the meeting of the G7), this is not to speak of the elephant in the room”, she hammered on a firm tone, but asked, in point of press.

Paediatrician and an emergency physician from Quebec denounced in front of the guests of the MCFR policy of the european Union, which funds countries such as Libya and Turkey to block the migrants, prevent them from travelling to Europe and crowding in detention centres in inhuman conditions.

“A stain, a moral

The european policies have even led MSF to refuse close to a hundred million $ of aid from the european Union for the past two years to protest against this policy which, according to dr. Liu, only exacerbates the crisis and worsening the plight of people fleeing their countries.

“It was a gesture of protest as saying : we can’t take money out of the european Union in knowing that you are a policy of discouragement and restrictive compared to the reception of migrants and refugees in Europe”, she explained, insisting on the symbolism of the gesture : “If you don’t want to have people arriving at you, know that public money is used to it now”.

Joanne Liu says that this crisis will be “a stain on the moral” on the global community, because there is no excuse for doing so.

“You can’t pretend that you don’t know”, she said.

The horrors of the libyan and syrian

Itself says that its visits to the detention centres in Libya “will haunt me probably for a long time”, where people are crowded by the hundreds in small spaces, without equipment, adequate sanitation, and under conditions where they are deprived of their rights.

“It should not return the people in Libya, they should be out of Libya”, a country where one creates human suffering at an industrial level,” she said.

“When one dehumanizes (the crisis)… It’s always been said that the history of a person, it is a drama; the story of several people it is a statistic ”


The president of Doctors without borders, Joanne Liu

On Syria, where it is also rendered, it was said to have “been struck by lightning by the violence and irresponsibility of the coalition” which was bombed and mined some cities in this country, including Raqqa, to dislodge the islamic State without and then go on to secure these cities where there are still mines of the coalition, but also, and above all explosive traps left behind by the jihadists.

“It’s so vicious, it is mind blowing and you wonder : how can we think to make this kind of case?” let it fall, adding to the unbearable reality that MSF has treated more than people who have been victims of explosives after the takeover of al-Raqqa that during the fighting for the capture of the city.

“The era of border security”

Joanne Liu says it is aware of the fact that the issue of hosting refugees creates a cleavage in western societies, and laments that after an “age of reason” humanitarian ” in the 20th century, the 21st century has given way to an “era of border security”.

It is therefore essential, according to dr. Liu, to settle the crisis, the understanding of civil society that the restrictive policies in the face of the migrants do not make the problem worse, and that “the inaction kills” because in the end, “60 million people are not going to vanish in the nature.”

“When one dehumanizes (the crisis)… It’s always been said that the history of a person, it is a drama; the story of several people it is a statistic,” she said.

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