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A Year in Pictures 2016

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2016 may well be remembered for its tumultuous political turnarounds, hardening attitudes to refugees and migration, and continuing devastating conflicts. Looking through more than 10,000 images released this year (taken between October 2015 and December 2016), however, a different reality reveals itself.

Whether you read it in the bravery and determination of MSF’s medical responses in South Sudan,Yemen or Syria; see it in the faces of those rescued at sea in the Mediterranean; or feel it in the gentlest moment between a mother and her daughter, amidst heartache and turmoil, in Nigeria; the indomitable spirit of survival and caring has prevailed in 2016.

Throughout the year, our photographers have been alongside MSF's doctors, nurses, midwives, logisticians and other staff, on the frontline of our projects around the world. They have been there to bear witness, not only to the work done by our dedicated medical teams, but also, unflinchingly, to the intimate circumstances that surround each individual's story.

In each photograph here, there is both a personal story and a wider story that led up to the event pictured. But to see these stories, you must look in their direction, not away, and for that we are grateful.

Thank you.
1 | KOK ISLAND, SOUTH SUDAN – DOMINIC NAHR
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1 | KOK ISLAND, SOUTH SUDAN – DOMINIC NAHR
Dominic Nahr
17 December, 2015
South Sudan
2 | LEER, SOUTH SUDAN – DOMINIC NAHR
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2 | LEER, SOUTH SUDAN – DOMINIC NAHR
Dominic Nahr
11 December, 2015
South Sudan
3 | MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN – ANNA SURINYACH/MSF
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3 | MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN – ANNA SURINYACH/MSF
Anna Surinyach
19 November, 2015
South Sudan
4 | LEER, SOUTH SUDAN – DOMINIC NAHR
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4 | LEER, SOUTH SUDAN – DOMINIC NAHR
Dominic Nahr
13 December, 2015
South Sudan
5 | LEER, SOUTH SUDAN – DOMINIC NAHR
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5 | LEER, SOUTH SUDAN – DOMINIC NAHR
Dominic Nahr
17 December, 2015
South Sudan
6 | MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN – MSF PHOTO
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6 | MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN – MSF PHOTO
20 February, 2016
South Sudan
7 | MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN – ANNA SURINYACH/MSF
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7 | MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN – ANNA SURINYACH/MSF
Anna Surinyach
17 November, 2015
South Sudan
8 | KIRKUK, IRAQ – BAUDOUIN NACH/MSF
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8 | KIRKUK, IRAQ – BAUDOUIN NACH/MSF
Baudouin Nach
05 January, 2016
Iraq
9 | SULAYMANIYAH, IRAQ – MSF PHOTO
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9 | SULAYMANIYAH, IRAQ – MSF PHOTO
Sonia Balleron
17 November, 2016
Iraq
10 | SULAYMANIYAH, IRAQ – MSF PHOTO
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10 | SULAYMANIYAH, IRAQ – MSF PHOTO
Ton Koene
06 May, 2016
Iraq
11 | AMRAN, YEMEN – RAWAN SHAIF
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11 | AMRAN, YEMEN – RAWAN SHAIF
Rawan Shaif
20 February, 2016
Yemen
12 | HAYDAN, YEMEN – ATSUHIKO OCHIAI/MSF
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12 | HAYDAN, YEMEN – ATSUHIKO OCHIAI/MSF
Atsuhiko Ochiai
21 March, 2016
Yemen
13 | HAYDAN, YEMEN – RAWAN SHAIF
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13 | HAYDAN, YEMEN – RAWAN SHAIF
Rawan Shaif
04 May, 2016
Yemen
14 | ALEPPO, SYRIA – KARAM ALMASRI
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14 | ALEPPO, SYRIA – KARAM ALMASRI
KARAM ALMASRI
28 April, 2016
15 | ALEPPO, SYRIA – KARAM ALMASRI
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15 | ALEPPO, SYRIA – KARAM ALMASRI
KARAM ALMASRI
23 September, 2016
16 | MEDITERRANEAN SEARCH AND RESCUE – BORJA RUIZ RODRIGUEZ/MSF
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16 | MEDITERRANEAN SEARCH AND RESCUE – BORJA RUIZ RODRIGUEZ/MSF
Borja Ruiz Rodriguez
20 October, 2016
17 | MEDITERRANEAN SEARCH AND RESCUE – ANNA SURINYACH/MSF
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17 | MEDITERRANEAN SEARCH AND RESCUE – ANNA SURINYACH/MSF
Anna Surinyach
16 May, 2016
Malta
18 | MEDITERRANEAN SEARCH AND RESCUE – BORJA RUIZ RODRIGUEZ/MSF
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18 | MEDITERRANEAN SEARCH AND RESCUE – BORJA RUIZ RODRIGUEZ/MSF
Borja Ruiz Rodriguez
25 October, 2016
19 | LESBOS, GREECE – WILL ROSE/MSF
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19 | LESBOS, GREECE – WILL ROSE/MSF
Will Rose
13 December, 2015
Greece
20 | MEDITERRANEAN SEA – YANN MERLIN/SOS MEDITÉRANNÉE
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20 | MEDITERRANEAN SEA – YANN MERLIN/SOS MEDITÉRANNÉE
yann Merlin
26 May, 2016
Italy
21 | ITALY – SARA CRETA/MSF
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21 | ITALY – SARA CRETA/MSF
Sara Creta
31 August, 2016
Italy
22 | MEDITERANNEAN SEA – ANNA SURINYACH/MSF
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22 | MEDITERANNEAN SEA – ANNA SURINYACH/MSF
Anna Surinyach
17 May, 2016
Malta
23 | SAMOS, GREECE – GUIULLAUME BINET/MYOP
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23 | SAMOS, GREECE – GUIULLAUME BINET/MYOP
Guillaume Binet
23 March, 2016
Greece
24 | ATHENS, GREECE – SARA PRESTIANNI
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24 | ATHENS, GREECE – SARA PRESTIANNI
Sara Prestianni
27 August, 2016
Greece
26 | PIRAEUS, GREECE – GUILLAUME BINET/MYOP
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26 | PIRAEUS, GREECE – GUILLAUME BINET/MYOP
Guillaume Binet
20 March, 2016
Greece
27 | DUNKIRK, FRANCE – JON LEVY/MSF
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27 | DUNKIRK, FRANCE – JON LEVY/MSF
Jon Levy
22 January, 2016
France
28 | TEHRAN, IRAN – MAHSA AHRABI-FARD
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28 | TEHRAN, IRAN – MAHSA AHRABI-FARD
Mahsa Ahrabi-Fard
20 December, 2015
Iran
29 | TARI, PAPUA NEW GUINEA – JODI BIEBER
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29 | TARI, PAPUA NEW GUINEA – JODI BIEBER
Jodi Bieber
03 December, 2015
Papua New Guinea
30 | LAKE CHILWA, MALAWI – AURELIE BAUMEL/MSF
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30 | LAKE CHILWA, MALAWI – AURELIE BAUMEL/MSF
Aurelie Baumel
16 February, 2016
Malawi
31 | BOGA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC CONGO – GABRIELLE KLEIN/MSF
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31 | BOGA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC CONGO – GABRIELLE KLEIN/MSF
Gabrielle Klein
24 September, 2015
Democratic Republic of Congo
32 | BOGA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC CONGO – GABRIELLE KLEIN/MSF
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32 | BOGA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC CONGO – GABRIELLE KLEIN/MSF
Gabrielle Klein
14 October, 2015
Democratic Republic of Congo
33 | KOLO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC CONGO – DIANA ZEYNEB ALHINDAWI
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33 | KOLO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC CONGO – DIANA ZEYNEB ALHINDAWI
Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi
01 June, 2016
Democratic Republic of Congo
34 | CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC – PIERRE-YVES BERNARD/MSF
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34 | CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC – PIERRE-YVES BERNARD/MSF
Pierre-Yves Bernard
21 February, 2016
Central African Republic
35 | CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC – PIERRE-YVES BERNARD/MSF
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35 | CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC – PIERRE-YVES BERNARD/MSF
Pierre-Yves Bernard
21 February, 2016
Central African Republic
36 | MAGARIA, NIGER – PIERRE-YVES BERNARD/MSF
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36 | MAGARIA, NIGER – PIERRE-YVES BERNARD/MSF
Louise Annaud
17 August, 2016
Niger
37 | BORNO STATE, NIGERIA – IKRAM N'GADI/MSF
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37 | BORNO STATE, NIGERIA – IKRAM N'GADI/MSF
Ikram N'gadi
21 August, 2016
Nigeria
38 | KATWE, UGANDA – GUILLAUMME BINET/MYOP
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38 | KATWE, UGANDA – GUILLAUMME BINET/MYOP
Guillaume Binet
22 February, 2016
Uganda
39 | LUMASI, TANZANIA – IKRAM N'GADI/MSF
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39 | LUMASI, TANZANIA – IKRAM N'GADI/MSF
Ikram N'gadi
10 February, 2016
Tanzania
40 | LASHKAR GAH, AFGHANISTAN – KADIR VON LOHUIZEN/NOOR
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40 | LASHKAR GAH, AFGHANISTAN – KADIR VON LOHUIZEN/NOOR
Kadir Van Lohuizen
17 June, 2016
Afghanistan
41 | LASHKAR GAH, AFGHANISTAN – KATE STEGEMAN/MSF
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41 | LASHKAR GAH, AFGHANISTAN – KATE STEGEMAN/MSF
Kate Stegeman
28 May, 2016
Afghanistan
42 | LASHKAR GAH, AFGHANISTAN – KADIR VON LOHUIZEN/NOOR
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42 | LASHKAR GAH, AFGHANISTAN – KADIR VON LOHUIZEN/NOOR
Kadir Van Lohuizen
19 June, 2016
Afghanistan
43 | TUMACO, COLOMBIA – LENA MUCHA
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43 | TUMACO, COLOMBIA – LENA MUCHA
Lena Mucha
01 January, 2016
Colombia
44 | MAYORSK, UKRAINE – CHRISTOPHER NUNN
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44 | MAYORSK, UKRAINE – CHRISTOPHER NUNN
Christopher Nunn
15 March, 2016
Ukraine
45 | ABASTUMANI, GEORGIA – DARO SALAKAURI
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45 | ABASTUMANI, GEORGIA – DARO SALAKAURI
Daro Sulakauri
25 July, 2016
Georgia
46 | MUMBAI, INDIA – ATUL LOKE/PANOS PICTURES
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46 | MUMBAI, INDIA – ATUL LOKE/PANOS PICTURES
Atul Loke
12 October, 2016
India
47 | PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI – CORENTIN FOHLEN
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47 | PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI – CORENTIN FOHLEN
Corentin Fohlen
09 May, 2016
Haiti
48 | PORT SALUT, HAITI – ANDREW MCCONNELL/PANOS PICTURES
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48 | PORT SALUT, HAITI – ANDREW MCCONNELL/PANOS PICTURES
Andrew McConnell
08 October, 2016
Haiti
49 | HARARE, ZIMBABWE – RACHEL CORNER/DE BEELDUNIE
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49 | HARARE, ZIMBABWE – RACHEL CORNER/DE BEELDUNIE
Rachel Corner
22 October, 2016
Zimbabwe
50 | KATWE, UGANDA – GUILLAUME BINET/MYOP
MSF162896
50 | KATWE, UGANDA – GUILLAUME BINET/MYOP
Guillaume Binet
16 February, 2016
Uganda
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