Second Hand Information and Witnessing

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Direct medical action and witnessing ('temoignage') are at the core of MSF identity, however recent operational choices have seen compromises on direct medical action. This poses a fundamental question about the validity of our public positioning as we are no longer a witness ourselves. How far can we go to function as a conduit for other people's witnessing, from organisations and individuals whose political and medical objectives can differ significantly from ours? What responsibility do we have towards security of our partners when our positioning can endanger their lives? Are we becoming loud when absent, silent when present? (click here to see who is in the panel)




  • Michiel Hoffman is Senior Humanitarian Specialist in the Analysis Department


  • Robin Meldrum is Senior Communications Advisor at the Communication Department
  • Tim Hayward is Professor of Environmental Political Theory and Director of the Just World Institute at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Yazan Al Saadi is working in the MENA hub as a Creative Content and Special Projects Manager for the MSF Beirut/Cairo Comms Hub.
By: Sophie Guillaumie