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


September 29, 2015

Mohamed is originally from Derek, a town in the Kurdish region in northeast Syria, between the borders with Iraq and Turkey. He later moved to Damascus to work as a minibus driver. A father of four, his youngest child is not yet walking. Mohamed and his family fled Damascus in 2013 when war broke out in Syria and the city became unsafe.

April 24, 2015

In Iraq, widespread violence has displaced some 2.6 million people from their homes, making this one of the biggest displacement crises in recent decades. Here, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) head of mission Fabio Forgione discusses the situation.

December 02, 2014

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières field coordinator Omar Ahmed Abenza writes from Najaf, southern Iraq, where MSF is assisting internally displaced families in Diwaniya, Kerbala, and Babil with non-food item distribution, mobile clinics, and health promotion. 

October 08, 2014

What follows are testimonies from displaced people in Iraq, where violence continues to drive thousands upon thousands from their home and prevent the delivery of desperately needed assistance:


August 20, 2014

MSF project coordinator Will Harper describes the situation in Iraq's Erbil government, where MSF is working to provide care to some 250,000 people displaced by widespread violence.

August 20, 2014


Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was the first health actor to arrive at the desolate displacement camp of Bharka last week—a camp in Erbil governorate where over 2,500 people, mainly Sunni and Shia Iraqis from Mosul, have now settled. Most families had initially found shelter from the scorching sun in an abandoned hangar at the camp, some six miles from the outskirts of Erbil, after an exhausting journey.

Ali, a middle-aged man and father of seven children, is at the MSF clinic in Bharka Camp for a consultation.

July 15, 2014


In March, clinical psychologist Charlotte Yence returned from a five-month mission with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in northern Iraq, where MSF has worked in Syrian refugee camps since 2013. She set up mental health care programmes in the Kawargosk, Qushtapa, and Darashakran camps, and here she tells us about some of her encounters:

June 20, 2014

MSF head of mission Fabio Forgione explains the situation in Iraq, where some 500,000 people have reportedly fled violence in Mosul in recent weeks.

April 29, 2014

MSF surgeon Ali Al-Ani describes his experience providing care in the Amman reconstructive surgery project.

October 07, 2013

Dr. Henrike Zellmann, an MSF psychologist working with Syrian refugees in northern Iraq, talks about the services MSF is offering to address growing mental health needs.