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MSF Diffa Niger
May 10, 2017

For more than three years, ongoing conflict between Boko Haram and the armies in the Lake Chad region has taken a heavy toll on civilian populations. Many have fled their homes and left everything behind to find refuge in other villages and eventually across borders. Authorities report that there are now more than 240,000 displaced people in southeastern Niger’s Diffa region, bordered by Chad and Nigeria. The majority of them were driven from home by violence.

April 28, 2017

By Mari Carmen Viñoles, MSF Program Manager for the Sahel

April 24, 2017

Since mid-2014, the humanitarian situation in Libya has deteriorated due to the resumption of the civil war and the political instability it brings.

April 18, 2017

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) began offering primary health care and other services in Pulka, in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno in late 2016. Over the past few months, this small town, situated next to the border with Cameroon, has become a hotspot for people fleeing the Nigerian military operations and attacks by Boko Haram, and those in search of food and basic services. 

Some displaced MSF patients shared their stories. All patients’ names have been changed.

April 18, 2017

People from Borno State, Nigeria, are on the move, trapped in a deadly cycle of violence due to Nigerian military operations, Boko Haram attacks, and the ongoing need for food and for basic services. Some are seeking safety in neighboring Cameroon, but MSF has witnessed Nigerians being forcibly returned to their country by the Cameroonian military over the last few months.

April 18, 2017

The town of Rann in northern Nigeria was hit by an aerial bombardment on January 17, 2017. The Nigerian armed forces have claimed responsibility for the strike, which  killed at least 90 people and injured hundreds. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was providing medical care in Rann at the time of the bombardment. Teams have recently returned to deliver much-needed medical and humanitarian aid to the people there. MSF Project Coordinator Silas Adamou describes the situation in Rann.

April 18, 2017

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) began offering primary health care and other services in Pulka, in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, in late 2016. Over the past few months, this small town, situated next to the border with Cameroon, has become a hotspot for people fleeing the Nigerian military operations and attacks by Boko Haram, and those in search of food and basic services.

January 20, 2017

At least 90 people were killed and 120 wounded on January 17 in an airstrike carried out by the Nigerian military on a camp for displaced people in Rann, in the east of Nigeria’s Borno State. A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical team, which had started work in the camp just a few days earlier, provided first aid to 120 wounded people in the tented clinic—the only health facility in the area.

December 09, 2016

Pediatric specialist Marco Olla worked in Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) malnutrition projects in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in northeastern Nigeria. Here, he describes the scope of the crisis in Maiduguri, the medical impact of malnutrition on children, and the treatment provided by MSF teams.

October 21, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) psychiatrist Frédéric Gelly describes how, with the help of her granddaughter, one Liberian Ebola survivor, a woman named Massa, came to terms with the trauma of her daughter’s death.

All Massa could talk about was the death of her daughter.

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