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Join Us in the Next Step of Our Campaign to Protect Hospitals!

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) USA

Apr 29, 2016 — Dear Friends,

A few months ago, after our hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was repeatedly fired on and destroyed by the United States military, you helped Doctors Without Borders/Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) stand up for the protection of medical facilities by signing our petition calling for an independent investigation into that attack. As we respond to the US report about that horrifying incident, we are hoping you'll join us in the next—and very much connected—step in that campaign.

On May 3, the United Nations Security Council will vote on a resolution designed to stop future attacks against hospitals, patients and civilians in war zones. We have closely followed the drafting of this resolution, and now we need your help to make sure it will be as strong as possible.

Specifically, MSF wants this make sure that this resolution will:

- Reaffirm all countries' existing obligations under international humanitarian law (IHL);
- Reaffirm the protection of the impartial provision of medical care, health workers, and all patients, regardless of their background (as per IHL)
- Establish effective independent investigations to report attacks on medical facilities and hold accountable those who carry out such attacks.

What can you do to help?

1. On social media use this hashtag : #NotATarget

Make your voice heard and urge United Nations member states and your home country to support the strongest possible version of this resolution by Tweeting or posting to Facebook the following messages:

Tweet 1: Attacks on hospitals must stop! This cannot be the accepted norm. @UN Security Council must reaffirm that hospitals are #NotATarget. #UNSC

Tweet 2: I stand with @MSF in asking the @UN Security Council to reaffirm that hospitals are #NotATarget! #UNSC

Facebook Message:
On average, one MSF-supported health structure in Syria was bombed or shelled every week in 2015 and early 2016. MSF's health workers and health structures have also been targeted in Yemen, South Sudan and Afghanistan, among other countries, causing intolerable suffering, death and destruction, as well as the loss of desperately needed medical care.

I stand with MSF in calling on the United Nations Security Council to reaffirm the protection of impartial medical care, health workers, and all patients, regardless of their background, and to establish effective, independent investigations to report attacks on medical facilities and hold accountable those who attack them.

Hospitals are #NotATarget

2. Sign up for our Thunderclap and ask others to do the same, helping us harness the power of the crowd to amplify our message to the UN Security Council.
* Lend your Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr account to help us send a message to the UN Security Council in the lead-up to the vote on the resolution
* If at least 1,000 supporters join the Thunderclap by May 2, supporters will simultaneously send out a message that the UN Security Council will hear loud and clear.

3. Add a "NotATarget" Twibbon to your social media profile:

4. Take a photo of yourself and share the photo on your social media: Print off one of the accompanying pictograms and hold it up for your camera. Share the image on social media with the hashtag #NotATarget.

We greatly appreciate your support and your willingness to lend your voice to the effort to provide hospitals and patients with the protections they deserve.

With thanks,
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins sans Frontières (MSF)

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