Read about first-hand accounts from MSF aid workers and patients.

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February 10, 2015

Djamilou, from the Central Africa Republic (CAR), has been working as a logistician for Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Niger. He came to Paris between assignments to tell us the story of the violence and plight his family—now scattered across three different countries—faced as they fled from CAR. Djamilou’s testimony illustrates only too well the suffering endured by our Central African teams.

February 05, 2015

Jean Philippe Garcia de la Rosa recently returned from a mission as logistics coordinator for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Central African Republic (CAR). In 2014 he witnessed the evolution of a conflict that hit the headlines in late 2013, as renewed fighting erupted between opposing militias. The neverending war in CAR has left most of the country’s population in poverty and displaced thousands from their homes. Here, he describes his experience.

January 15, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinical psychologist Hélène Thomas carried out two assignments in Central African Republic (CAR) between April and December 2014 and opened MSF’s program of medical and psychological support for victims of sexual violence (VSV) at the general hospital in Bangui, CAR’s capital.

Again and again, she heard the testimonies of people imprisoned by violence and trauma.

October 24, 2014

MSF project coordinator Roelant Zwaanswijk discusses the situation in Boguila, CAR, six months after violence forced MSF to reduce activities.

October 23, 2014

MSF head of mission Delphine Chedorge discusses the situation in Bangui, where conflict continues.

August 12, 2014

Two internally displaced persons (IDP) from Bangui, Central African Republic, share their families' stories from a camp in Kabo. They, along with many CAR citizens, have been forced to leave their homes as a result of violence in the area.  

Zenaba:

Zenaba, 45, lost two of her seven children when seeking refuge from the explosion of violence against the Muslim community in Bangui, CAR. She was separated from her husband and another son, who ended up in a refugee camp in Chad. She suffers health problems and has little money to feed their children.

July 03, 2014

Although international forces on the ground are growing in number, they are still unable to protect the civilian population, which is vulnerable to violence, mass displacement, hunger, and disease. MSF head of mission Stefano Argenziano, who has just returned from CAR, describes the situation.

June 02, 2014

MSF nurse Miriam Kasztura discusses her experience providing care in Berberati, CAR, where MSF offers emergency, maternity, pediatric, and surgical services.

May 27, 2014

MSF operations coordinator Maria Simón describes her experience in Kabo, in northern Central African Republic.

May 07, 2014

MSF medical doctor Natalie Roberts reflects on three months providing care in conflict-riven Central African Republic (CAR).

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