Médecins Sans Frontières Doing What They Do Best

“No one’s been evacuated,” he told me. “There is no evacuation. Doctors have been flooded out, pharmacies have been closed. Some patients are on dozens of medications, and they kind of fall off the grid.”

All across Far Rockaway, high up in the darkened towers and out in the flooded houses, scores of sick and elderly people, cut off from access to their doctors and medical care, needed help. When the clinic door opened at 10 a.m., there was already a group of patients waiting.

Doctors Without Borders—which usually provides emergency medical help in disaster and post-conflict zones like Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Chechnya, and Libya—is doing work on American soil for the first time in its 40-year history in the still very much devastated area of the Rockaways. Thanks to Outside for the terrific story.

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chic noir (#713)

I love Doctors Without Borders and I hope I have the chance to volunteer with them one day . When I scrape together a few pennies for charity, it’s DWB and the SPCA to whom I manage to give a few dollars to.

selenana (#673)

The article says that MSF was inspired by and aided by Occupy Sandy, AKA the movement that doesn’t get anything done.

sandwiches (#1,688)

@selenana That’s not what the article says at all, actually.

selenana (#673)

@sandwiches I can’t read your tone, but I was being sarcastic. I was a bit annoyed by comments yesterday of people who were slagging off Occupy for inaction.

sandwiches (#1,688)

@selenana Aha, I couldn’t read your tone either. I retract my snark.

selenana (#673)

Cool. I’ve actually heard from friends in New York and New Jersey that Occupy has been one of the best small groups getting aid where it needs to go quickly.

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