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.
Muslims from Central African Republic (CAR) pass through Carnot, a town in western CAR, on their way to safety in Cameroon. Many people have been trapped in the town by fighting, atrocities and looting. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working in Carnot hospital.
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In Juba's Tomping camp, living conditions are extremely poor. The camp is overcrowded, with only 10 square meters for every person, and water and sanitation are also major problems. More than fifty people have to share the same latrine, which is above the emergency threshold standard for such a setting.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a clinic inside this camp sheltering 12,400 Syrian refugees in northern Iraq in September. MSF teams provided nearly 4,000 consultations in October, a third of them for children. As winter sets in MSF is even more concerned about the refugees' health.
In Bouca, Central African Republic (CAR) Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has proven that despite the security restraints, it is possible to provide aid in CAR. Given the scale of the needs in the country, more humanitarian agencies must take action fast.