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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.

January 12, 2017

Despite the “back-to-school ceasefire”—an agreement signed in September to guarantee a safe environment for children to attend school after the summer—shelling continues in many villages located near the front line areas in eastern Ukraine. After nearly three years of conflict, civilians still bear the brunt of the ongoing violence, with more than 1.7 million forced from their homes, according to the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine and the International Organization for Migration.

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. 

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.

December 08, 2016

Dr. Abu Wassim was working inside the East Aleppo hospital that was hit by airstrikes on November 17, 2016. Here, in an interview recorded a week later, he tells the story of that day:

“We started hearing shells raining down on the buildings at the end of the street, about 500 meters away from the hospital. We heard 40 or more shells exploding, with the noise moving closer and closer towards the hospital. That’s when all the staff—technicians, nurses and doctors—evacuated all the patients down to the basement.

December 06, 2016

Al-Marj clinic is an MSF-supported medical site in East Ghouta, an area of besieged towns near Damascus. After suffering a series of tragedies, Dr. Abu Yasser*, a general practitioner and director of the medical department of the clinic, describes the newest challenge: no more ambulances.

Yesterday, Dec. 5, a strike hit near our clinic and destroyed our two ambulances and two other hospital cars. This is terrible because now we are worried about what we’ll do if injured people come in and we can’t refer them elsewhere.

December 02, 2016

On his way to meet friends for coffee not long ago, Abu Ahmed*, a 27-year-old computer repairman living in eastern Aleppo, was injured by a cluster bomb. Four weeks later, his bone fracture has failed to heal. His only hope is specialist orthopedic surgery in Turkey, but Abu Ahmed cannot leave his besieged hometown. Bedridden, he now watches in despair as his neighborhood is further reduced to rubble after the latest waves of unrelenting airstrikes.

On November 24 and 28, 2016, he recounted his experience.

November 29, 2016

Doctor Fernanda Rick specializes in infectious diseases and has worked with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) since 2014. Here she writes from Dawei, in Myanmar's Tanintharyi region, where she is medical team leader for MSF’s HIV project.

November 29, 2016

War-torn Aleppo is no place to raise children, but Umm Leen has seven kids, and they’ve never left the besieged city. Here, Leen tells her story about delivering a child into a city under constant target.

November 29, 2016

A doctor* in a makeshift clinic in the East Ghouta area near Damascus told MSF the following about the latest attacks in the area:

In the past three weeks, we’ve experienced new waves of strikes coming from the sky and the ground. These strikes have been hitting residential areas, particularly schools. There are still functioning medical centers but we are barely coping with this new wave of violence.

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