Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) President Johanne Liu says Canada will need to take advantage of the upcoming G7 meeting in La Malbaie to set the tone and take a frank approach to the crisis of some 60 million people forced to leave the country. planet.
“Canada must get wet,” she said in a press meeting on Monday after warning an audience gathered by the Montreal Council on International Relations (CORIM) that inaction is not an option in the face of the migrant crisis.
“Today, not to talk about the global forced displacement crisis (at the G7 meeting) is not to talk about the elephant in the room,” she said firmly, but posed, in point of press.
The emergency physician pediatrician from Quebec City denounced to CORIM’s guests the policies of the European Union, which finances countries like Libya and Turkey to block migrants, prevent them from traveling to Europe and to pile them up in centers. detention under inhumane conditions.
“A moral spot”
European policies have even led MSF to deny nearly a hundred million dollars in EU aid over the past two years to protest against this policy, which, according to Dr. Liu, only worsens the crisis and worsens the situation. fate of people fleeing their countries.
“It was an act of protest to say: you can not take money from the European Union knowing that you have discouraging and restrictive policies regarding the reception of migrants and refugees in Europe. She said, emphasizing the symbolism of the gesture: “If you do not want to have people coming to your home, know that public money is used for this today.”
Johanne Liu says the crisis will be a “moral blot” on the global community because there is no excuse for doing so.
“You can not pretend you do not know it,” she said.
Libyan and Syrian horrors
She herself says that her visits to Libya detention centers will “probably haunt me for a long time”, where people are crammed in hundreds in cramped spaces, without adequate sanitary facilities and in conditions where they are deprived of their rights. rights.
“We should not send people back to Libya, we should get them out of Libya,” a country where “human suffering is created on an industrial level,” she said.
“When we dehumanise (the crisis) … We always say that the story of a person is a tragedy; the story of many people is a statistic ”
– The president of Doctors Without Borders, Johanne Liu
As for Syria, where she also went, she said she was “struck down by the violence and the irresponsibility of the coalition” which bombed and undermined some cities in this country, including Raqqa, to dislodge it. Islamic State without then go secure these cities where there are still mines of the coalition, but also and especially explosive traps left by the jihadists.
“It’s so vicious, it’s amazing and you wonder: how do you think about doing that kind of thing?” She drops, adding the unbearable reality that MSF has treated more than people who were victims of explosives after the Raqqa resumption that during the fighting for the capture of the city.
“Era of border security”
Liu said Johanne is aware that the question of the reception of refugees creates cleavage in Western societies and laments that after an “era of humanitarian reason” the 20 th century, 21 th century has yielded step up to an “era of border security”.
It is therefore essential, according to Dr. Liu, to humanize the crisis, to make civil society understand that restrictive policies against migrants only worsen the problem and that “inaction kills” because in the end line, “60 million people will not faint in nature”.
“When we dehumanise (the crisis) … We always say that the story of a person is a tragedy; the story of many people is a statistic, “she says.