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Friday, October 15, 1999 Published at 16:29 GMT 17:29 UK

World: Europe

In pictures: MSF in action

For almost 30 years, Medecins Sans Frontieres has been at the scene of some of the world's worst disasters and conflicts, saving lives and helping devastated communities make their first steps to recovery.

On Friday the group was honoured for its years of dedication by being awarded the last Nobel Peace Prize of the century.

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Rwanda 1996: A young Hutu refugee girl clutches a box of high energy biscuits distributed by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

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Zaire (DR Congo) 1997: A French doctor helps move suspected cholera victims into a special quarantine unit at a camp for refugees from Zaire's civil war.

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Southern Sudan 1998: War and famine often go hand in hand - an MSF doctor checks the heartbeat of a starving child at a makeshift emergency aid shelter in southern Sudan.

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North Korea 1998: A child sips fortified milk at an MSF facility in the isolated famine-stricken state.

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China 1998: As China succumbs to some of the worst floods in recent memory, MSF workers help to co-ordinate the refugee operation and fight the threat of disease.

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Kosovo 1999: In the run-up to the Nato air strikes, MSF workers provide basic health checks for thousands of displaced families.

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Turkey 1999: MSF co-ordinates health care for the thousands made homeless following August's devastating earthquake in western Turkey.

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