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Feature The BMJ charity appeal Christmas 2017

The BMJ charity appeal Christmas 2017: help Médecins Sans Frontières help child refugees worldwide

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 24 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k349
  1. Richard Hurley, features and debates editor
  1. The BMJ
  1. rhurley{at}

MSF has decades of experience in bringing medical aid to the neediest people worldwide, included unaccompanied child migrants. As The BMJ draws its appeal to a close for this year, Richard Hurley looks at the often gruesome situation of young migrants, in the Balkans, for example. There’s still time to donate—please give generously

Médecins Sans Frontières is best known for sending volunteer doctors to regions ravaged by war or endemic disease. From Yemen1 to Bangladesh,2 from Sierra Leone3 to Greece4 to South Sudan,5 and many more, the humanitarian charity currently has projects in more than 60 countries.

Young people travelling alone are often most in need of MSF’s help. Unicef reported that the global migrant crisis includes at least 300 000 unaccompanied children recorded worldwide, with the true number likely to be far greater.6 At least 10 000 such children have gone missing in Europe.7

Andrea Contenta is the humanitarian affairs officer for MSF Serbia. He told The BMJ that many migrants there had fled Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Syria. They had been hoping to reach western Europe from Turkey through Greece or Bulgaria and the …

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