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.

September 10, 2015

In the besieged East Ghouta area near Damascus, Syria, intense bombing has resulted in one of the bloodiest months since the conflict began. Here, a Syrian medical practitioner supported by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) describes the situation. He is currently serving as director and human resources manager of a makeshift hospital, in addition to acting as a surgeon and senior doctor. For his security, he has requested to remain anonymous.

June 05, 2015

On the afternoon of June 4, 2015, a horrific missile strike devastated a town center in Idlib Governorate, Syria. The wounded arrived in wave after wave at a nearby small makeshift hospital that is supported by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). MSF immediately began organizing a major resupply of essentials for the hospital.

May 20, 2015

Ahlam* is a 22-year-old mother from Dara’a governorate in Syria. She is the mother of two children, both of whom were born at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital for mother and child care in Irbid, Jordan. Here, Ahlam tells her story and recounts some of the challenges she has faced since she crossed the border to Jordan in 2012. 

May 13, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a non-communicable diseases (NCD) project in Jordan's Irbid governorate on December 15, 2014. Jon Gunnarsson Ruthman, a nurse at the project, explains how MSF is helping both Syrian refugees living in the host community in Irbid and disadvantaged Jordanian nationals suffering from chronic diseases.

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.

March 25, 2015

Anadan hospital near Aleppo is one of the many hospitals MSF supports with donations of drugs and medical material. Dr. Hassan Hamsho, the director of the Anadan hospital near Aleppo, explains how they manage to provide medical care in this rebel-held area.

March 25, 2015

The Syrian Civil Defense is a group of Syrian volunteers, also named as “the White Helmets,” who provide an ambulance service. MSF organized training on triage of the wounded for White Helmet volunteers in the Idlib area. Dr. Taher Wazzaz, the medical coordinator of the Civil Defense teams in Idlib, explains how they provide first aid to the wounded.

March 13, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) currently runs six health facilities in northern Syria, but in the majority of the country intense fighting and insecurity bars the organization's teams from providing hands-on medical care. In order to ensure some continuity of medical care in the midst of the war, MSF supports over 100 medical centers across Syria in areas where medical help is most needed, with a focus on besieged communities and active conflict areas where little or no other medical support is being provided.