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

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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.

June 09, 2015

Around 25,000 people who fled violence near Lake Chad in early May are currently living in precarious conditions in camps in Bosso and Nguigmi, Niger. Here, Aissami Abdou, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) field coordinator in Diffa, discusses their plight:

May 08, 2015

With the arrival of thousands of people to the town of Diffa, Niger, fleeing attacks by Boko Haram around Lake Chad, MSF has stepped up its response in the area to assist this population. Abdalla Hussein, MSF’s emergency coordinator in Diffa, talks about MSF’s work in recent months.

April 23, 2015

Dr. Chiara Montaldo is coordinating MSF’s efforts in Sicily to provide medical and psychological care to migrants rescued from boats in the Mediterranean. This account originally appeared in The Guardian.

September 13, 2010

"Already, we’ve had reports of something like 25 to 30 villages that have been completely swamped by this water."