As part of the 2018–2019 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Hernan del Valle RI '19 tells the story of how a bunch of doctors ended up rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean Sea, how it's coming to an end, and what's happening in the background politically in Europe and elsewhere.
As head of humanitarian affairs and advocacy for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), del Valle bared witness to the difficult political challenges that emerged for MSF throughout this operation, not only in its relation with European governments but also engaging with a civil society bitterly divided by debates on migration.
Del Valle has led humanitarian aid operations for the past 15 years. His work has taken him across five continents assisting people affected by armed conflict and forced displacement. He is the 2018–2019 Rita E. Hauser Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.