Read about first-hand accounts from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) aid workers and patients.

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July 10, 2017

Zahra Hussain

Mother of two malnourished children

I came here with my sick children and I could barely find transportation to get us here.

A kind person with a car helped us get to the hospital. My children are in rough shape. I have four more back in Buhaira, our village. Life there is hard. I am worried about them...

April 25, 2017

In the mornings, the emergency room of Al Salam hospital in Khamir, Yemen, is always busy.

December 21, 2016

After working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Liberia at the tail end of the Ebola epidemic, Australian nurse Emma Parker spent almost six months at Al-Salam Hospital in Khamir, Yemen. Here she describes her experience working as head nurse. 

September 09, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) nurse Crystal van Leeuwen recently returned from seven months coordinating MSF’s medical activities in Yemen. A member of MSF’s emergency team, van Leeuwen has worked with MSF in countries including Syria, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria, as well as on the Ebola response in West Africa. Here, she describes her experience in Yemen.

June 15, 2016

“This was the first time I was confronted with injuries caused by gunshots, grenades and mines, and they were often horrific injuries,” says Helmut Shoengen, an anesthetist and doctor who recently returned from working in Aden, Yemen, with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

“We treated many severely injured patients—men, women and children as well—with gunshot wounds to their heads, chests, abdomens, arms and legs,” he says. “Grenade injuries were bad, because they often included burn injuries to the face.

February 26, 2016

MSF emergency physician Mariela CarraraDoctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency physician Mariela Carrara works in Sa'ada Governorate, northern Yemen. Here she describes her work and shares some harrowing stories of the human consequences of Yemen's ongoing conflict.

January 27, 2016

Many civilians still live in Saada, northern Yemen, despite almost daily airstrikes in the area. Here, Michael Seawright, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) project coordinator from New Zealand, describes the situation.

January 22, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency coordinator Teresa Sancristoval was at Shiara Hospital in northern Yemen on January 10, 2016, when it was hit by a rocket. Here, she describes the experience.

January 19, 2016

On January 10, Shiara hospital in Yemen's Razeh district, which is supported by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), was hit by a projectile that killed six people and injured seven others.

January 08, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) nurse Nora Echaibi has worked in Yemen since April 2015Here she describes her experience near the besieged city of Taiz.

"Since last September we have been trying unsuccessfully to enter the enclave in the city of Taiz that is currently under siege by the Ansarallah (Houthi) group to assist in providing medical care. On January 3 we made our first attempt of this year, and our first without bringing supplies with us.

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