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

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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.

September 23, 2016

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in northeast Nigeria's Borno State, where violence has displaced thousands and cut off enclaves outside the state capital of Maiduguri from aid.

September 08, 2016

In August, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team traveled to Bama, a town 75 kilometers [about 47 miles] from Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s Borno State. Bama is on the front line in the conflict between the Nigerian army and Boko Haram. Here, MSF project coordinator Hakim Khaldi describes the living conditions for thousands of displaced people in and around the town—and the emergency assistance delivered by MSF.

July 22, 2016

Dr. Erna Rijnierse is an MSF physician onboard the search and rescue vessel the MV Aquarius, which is run in partnership between MSF and SOS MEDITERRANEE. She gave the following account of a rescue operation in the central Mediterranean on July 20, in which 209 people were rescued from two small boats in distress, and 22 people (21 women and one man) were found dead.

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 03, 2016

In northeast Nigeria's Borno State, the fight between the Nigerian government and the Islamic State’s West-African Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Boko-Haram, is having drastic consequences for public health, causing widespread displacement and limiting access to medical care.

December 08, 2015

Dr. Silas Adamou Moussa, deputy head of mission for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Chad, was part of the team that traveled to Mani to assist wounded people following the suicide attacks that took place on Koulfoua Island on December 5. Here, he describes what he saw and what the team did when they reached the island:

August 20, 2015

Nearly 28,000 people have recently taken refuge in the Diffa region in Niger after fleeing attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Already present in the area, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is expanding its medical activities accordingly, and is taking measures to improve the health situation in the two newest settlements.

Ahmad Samro, project manager for MSF, describes the situation in Diffa:

July 27, 2015

First, we went as an explo team to evaluate the needs, because about a third of the state was affected by the insurgent activities of Boko Haram.

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