Full Name: Roger Micolta
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"Caught In The Crossfire"
COLOMBIA | BURUNDI
| SIERRA LEONE
In the Aguablanca neighborhood of Cali, Colombia,
street violence takes a particularly abhorrent form – rival
gangs and jealous lovers alike tend to shoot for the lower spine
in order to paralyze their targets but not kill them. MSF operates
a physical rehabilitation project in Aguablanca for victims of such
attacks, along with a psychological counseling program and activities
geared towards preventing gang-related and domestic violence. Roger
Micolta, a Colombian Physical
Therapist working at Aguablanca, has a special relationship
with one of the people he treats – a hard-working optimist
named Pablo whose positive outlook inspires the other patients.
When Pablo falls into a depression and stops coming to therapy sessions,
Roger does everything he can to get him back on track.
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In the Kamenge district of Bujumbura, Burundi’s
capital, an ongoing peace process has brought precious little safety
for people caught in the crossfire of a ten-year civil conflict.
MSF’s project in Kamenge offers a combination of medical care
and psychological counseling for war-wounded civilians. After five
months of virtually non-stop work caring for Kamenge’s perpetual
stream of injured patients, Dr.
Heidi D’Hert’s nerves are wearing thin. Meanwhile, Psychologist
An Michels treats the mental effects of constant violence on Kamenge’s
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Donna Smith, a midwife
from Australia, oversees rural clinics and consults with local staff
in a country with one of the highest infant and maternal mortality
rates in the world. Traveling deep into the bush, Donna visits clinics
far off the beaten path, where mothers have virtually no access
to the equipment and staff that make childbirth relatively safe
in developed nations.
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