The open-ended ceasefire agreed on August 26 put an end to 50 days of deadly conflict. Although people appear to be getting on with their lives, nothing has been resolved. They couldn’t escape the bombing and now they can’t go home, even though the guns have been silenced. The return to calm is relative for the many Gaza Strip inhabitants living without water or electricity in over-crowded schools or several families to an apartment.
Three years of war, 190,000 dead, three million refugees. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is witness to the human suffering behind the statistics. The war leaves its mark beyond Syria, in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq, as physical and psychological wounds scar its refugees. MSF teams deliver medical services to Syrian refugees in these bordering countries. See the Reach of War: http://reachofwar.msf.org/
For Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the situation in Central African Republic (CAR) was unique: seeing a country descend into violence before its very eyes, being surround by killings and witnessing an entire community being targeted without being able to provide protection.
"We spent much of the morning lying on the floor. We tried to work, but we had to lie down every two minutes." "At one time we wondered, must we leave? We realized if we left the situation might become even worse." "Of course it affects you. It's disturbing for the whole team." Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff providing urgent medical care to people in Central African Republic (CAR) recount what they have seen and experienced, both professionally and personally.
On April 26th, a group of armed former Seleka fighters entered MSF hospital in Boguila in northern Central African Republic and carried out a brutal attack that left 16 people dead, including three MSF staff.