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


February 10, 2015

For weeks, the East Ghouta rural area near Damascus, Syria, has been besieged by intense bombing on an almost daily basis. Dr. N, director of a MSF-supported hospital in a besieged area of the East Ghouta suburbs near Damascus who has asked to remain anonymous, describes the medical response to the horrific bombing of a crowded square on 23 January.

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:

December 20, 2013

A family carries on in Turkey as their dream of ever going home begins to fade.

December 20, 2013

A Syrian family in Kilis expands while hopes for the future grow murky.

December 20, 2013

Six months after arriving in Greece, a Syrian refugee has found that reality has not met his expectations.

December 13, 2013

As Syrian refugees increasingly head towards Bulgaria, MSF is working to provide aid and assist the overstretched Bulgarian authorities.

December 11, 2013

MSF doctor Thomas Lauvin describes the situation in Syria's Aleppo governorate, where MSF runs a hospital and provides medical supplies and support to local doctors and medical structures.

November 29, 2013

Adam Sharp, MSF project coordinator in Syria, recalls how even amidst surgery, maternity care, and disease care, communication remains an extremely important part of working in the war-torn country.

November 29, 2013

An MSF midwife remembers a baby's early fight to survive after being born premature in Syria, where war has devastated the health system.

October 24, 2013

An MSF psychologist talks about her work during three months spent in war-battered Syria.