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

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April 22, 2016

More than 100,000 people are trapped at the Turkish border in the Azaz District of northern Syria's Aleppo Governorate as the frontlines continue to draw nearer. More than 35,000 people who'd already been displaced have fled once more since April 10, after the fighting got too close or the Islamic State group occupied the camps in which they'd been living.

March 18, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) condemns the newly agreed upon deal between the European Union and Turkey, which will prevent people from finding safe passage to European shores, worsen the humanitarian suffering already evident, and represent a failure to uphold responsibilities nations have under International Humanitarian Law:

Bahar was granted refugee status in Denmark.
March 14, 2016

Bahar, a refugee from Syria, worked with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for three years in Iraq’s Domiz refugee camp before making the hard decision to leave for Europe. Hidden in a coffin-like box, and surviving on dates, she was smuggled as far as the Danish border.

March 14, 2016

Suar left military service in Syria and made a run for Iraqi Kurdistan, a journey that involved people smugglers, minefields, and the loss of his most precious possessions. Now settled in Iraq's Domiz refugee camp, where he works for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as a nurse, Suar is upbeat about the opportunities afforded him by life as a refugee.

March 14, 2016

For the past four years, 59-year-old Najah has lived with her son Ahmad in Al Minieh, northern Lebanon. Sometimes she finds it lonely being away from her home in Syria, being a refugee. She can’t get used to not having her eight other children nearby, her 13 grandchildren playing around her feet, and the whole family sitting down together at mealtimes.

Now, Najah’s children and grandchildren are dispersed across seven countries and three continents – from Syria to Turkey, Iraq, Austria, the Netherlands, and Australia – while she dreams of the day when they will all meet up again.

March 14, 2016

Ahmed, a 26-year-old Syrian, is the manager of the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) pharmacy in Kilis, Turkey. He currently works on MSF´s donation program, which provides drugs and medical supplies to more than 15 hospitals and health centers inside Syria and distributes essential household goods to internally displaced people caught up in the conflict.

Ahmed, who crosses the border into Syria daily, is constantly confronted with the distress of those trying to flee the war-torn country. Here he describes the situation.

March 14, 2016

Five years after it first broke out, the deadly conflict in Syria has had a disastrous impact on the country's population. Many have been forced to flee their homes to escape daily bombings and violence. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that more than four million Syrians have left their country since fighting began in 2011. The majority of them now live in refugee camps or informal settlements in the neighboring countries of Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, and Turkey.

March 09, 2016

 

An MSF-supported surgeon working in Syria's rural northern Homs Governorate describes the commitment to stay and provide surgery amid the constant aerial bombings, October 2015:

March 09, 2016

 

A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-supported medic based in a small town northwest of Idlib city, Syria, explains the fear permeating his daily life, and the aftermath of a strike on a school in March 2015:

By training I’m a neurologist, but over the past three years I have become specialized in emergency injuries. In fact, with the situation now, we all work on everything.

March 09, 2016

On the fifth anniversary of the brutal conflict in Syria, a Syrian doctor working in a suburb of Damascus reflects on fear, exhaustion, and uncertainty.

I graduated in 1995 and opened up a clinic on October 10, 1995. In 2001, I became specialized in urology. There were around 40,000 residents in the area before "the events" [the Syrian uprising of 2011]. Now, the population here, including the displaced, is currently around 15,000 individuals.

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