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

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December 11, 2017

Monia Khaled is the water and sanitation supervisor for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Yemen, where a recent escalation in fighting coupled with an ongoing blockade restricting vital supplies are taking a heavy toll on civilians. Here, she describes her experience.

November 28, 2017

Months after Mosul was retaken from the Islamic State group, the Iraqi city’s health system remains decimated. Most of Mosul’s hospitals and clinics were damaged in the fighting and there is a severe lack of essential medical equipment, supplies, and staff. From July to October, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams supported 2,532 admissions in the emergency room, 746 admissions in the inpatient department, and treated 159 malnourished children through inpatient and ambulatory feeding programs at Al Khansaa Pediatrics Teaching Hospital in eastern Mosul.

November 15, 2017

After a four-and-a-half–month offensive, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and an international coalition finally recaptured the city of Raqqa from the so-called Islamic State (IS). The widespread devastation in Raqqa attests to the intensity of the fighting and air strikes—and raises questions about the fate of the city’s residents, civilians who, from the start of the offensive, were trapped with no access to humanitarian aid. Here, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) head of emergency operations Natalie Roberts reflects on the situation.

November 07, 2017

For over a year the Greater Kasai region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been wracked by waves of violence sparked by the killing of a local chief by Congolese armed forces in August 2016.

October 18, 2017

Since August 25 more than half a million Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh following a wave of targeted violence in neighboring Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Most of the newly arrived refugees have moved into makeshift settlements without adequate access to shelter, food, clean water, or latrines. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) water and sanitation expert Paul Jawor recently returned from southeast Bangladesh.

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...

South Sudan Uganda SGBV sexual and gender-based violence
June 19, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of people who fled intense violence in South Sudan now live in refugee settlements like Bidi Bidi and Imvepi in neighboring Uganda. Despite this massive influx, the international humanitarian response is still woefully insufficient, especially when it comes to treating survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Since March 2017, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has provided care for survivors of SGBV in Bidi Bidi and launched similar services in Imvepi in May.

June 08, 2017

Anga is a resident of Alindao, Central African Republic (CAR), the city where he has lived all his life. He is a 32-year-old Christian who worked in a slaughterhouse. During the fighting that convulsed Alindao in early May, a fighter tried to cut Anga's throat, but, miraculously, he survived. On May 11, 2017, he was transferred to the hospital in Bambari, a six-hour drive from Alindao, where a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team cared for him. Here, he tells his story in his own words.

Iraq Mosul internally displaced people
June 08, 2017

The battle for Mosul is taking a staggering toll on the people of Iraq’s second largest city, especially those still trapped inside western Mosul where ongoing fighting continues to result in high numbers of civilian casualties. The patients who make it to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) facilities report that water and food are running low, that the few supplies available are extremely expensive, and that access to health care is almost impossible. These patients are the lucky ones who managed to escape, but there are still some 100,000

CAR Central African Republic Bangassou
May 19, 2017

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor Johan Berg works at the hospital in Bangassou, a small town in southeastern Central African Republic (CAR), where recent fighting resulted in widespread casualties and displacement. Here he describes his experience.

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