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

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March 04, 2015

MSF field coordinator Seïdina Ousseini explains the difficulties facing MSF teams providing medical aid to a population affected by political crisis and insecurity in Ansongo, northern Mali.

February 18, 2015

Alyona, 24, is from Debaltseve, a heavily contested city on the front line of the Ukrainian conflict. When fighting intensified in January, Alyona, her husband, and her two-year old son Gleb took shelter in the basement, but eventually the situation became unbearable and they fled the city on January 29, 2015.

February 13, 2015

The industrial city of Gorlovka in eastern Ukraine is under constant shelling, its hospitals are overwhelmed with wounded, and medical supplies have run out, leaving many doctors no choice but to stitch up patients with fishing line. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) surgeon Dr. Michael Roesch is supporting the Ukrainian surgical team in Hospital #2. Here, he describes his experience:

February 12, 2015

A little more than a year after the current conflict started in South Sudan, the humanitarian situation remains dire. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) nurse Siobhan O’Malley has provided health care in both Malakal and Bentiu, two of the towns hit hardest by the fighting. Here she reflects on working on the frontline, providing neutral and impartial medical care to those most in need.

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.

February 10, 2015

Djamilou, from the Central Africa Republic (CAR), has been working as a logistician for Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Niger. He came to Paris between assignments to tell us the story of the violence and plight his family—now scattered across three different countries—faced as they fled from CAR. Djamilou’s testimony illustrates only too well the suffering endured by our Central African teams.

February 05, 2015

Jean Philippe Garcia de la Rosa recently returned from a mission as logistics coordinator for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Central African Republic (CAR). In 2014 he witnessed the evolution of a conflict that hit the headlines in late 2013, as renewed fighting erupted between opposing militias. The neverending war in CAR has left most of the country’s population in poverty and displaced thousands from their homes. Here, he describes his experience.

January 15, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinical psychologist Hélène Thomas carried out two assignments in Central African Republic (CAR) between April and December 2014 and opened MSF’s program of medical and psychological support for victims of sexual violence (VSV) at the general hospital in Bangui, CAR’s capital.

Again and again, she heard the testimonies of people imprisoned by violence and trauma.

September 26, 2014

Most shelters are dry and road access to the camp has improved, but conditions remain precarious for tens of thousands.

September 03, 2014

 

After three months running the maternity ward at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Nasir, South Sudan, it was almost time for midwife Patricia van der Dennen to return home—then conflict came to the town. Here, she remembers the experience.

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