August 7, 1998
Nairobi Bombing: MSF Joins Emergency Effort
When a bomb went off in the five-story American Embassy building in Nairobi, Kenya, on the morning of August 7, 1998, MSF teams reported immediately to area hospitals to help handle the huge influx of wounded civilians. Fifteen MSF doctors and nurses responded within half an hour following a Government request for urgent help. Some of these medical professionals were based in Nairobi, and others had stopped in Nairobi on their way to missions in Burundi and Sudan. An MSF eyewitness to the bombing reported a deafening sound and giant black cloud, followed by chaos. "People driving in cars stopped suddenly to take the injured to the hospitals," she said.
Famine Spreads in Southern Sudan
Every day, 120 people are dying out of a population of 17,500 in and around the town of Ajiep in the Bahr el Ghazal province of southern Sudan, according to an MSF survey.
Expulsion from Kabul, Afghanistan
On July 21, 1998, the MSF team was expelled from Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, where it has been providing medical services for a population of 250,000 for the past 8 years.
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