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

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December 02, 2016

On his way to meet friends for coffee not long ago, Abu Ahmed*, a 27-year-old computer repairman living in eastern Aleppo, was injured by a cluster bomb. Four weeks later, his bone fracture has failed to heal. His only hope is specialist orthopedic surgery in Turkey, but Abu Ahmed cannot leave his besieged hometown. Bedridden, he now watches in despair as his neighborhood is further reduced to rubble after the latest waves of unrelenting airstrikes.

On November 24 and 28, 2016, he recounted his experience.

November 29, 2016

A doctor* in a makeshift clinic in the East Ghouta area near Damascus told MSF the following about the latest attacks in the area:

In the past three weeks, we’ve experienced new waves of strikes coming from the sky and the ground. These strikes have been hitting residential areas, particularly schools. There are still functioning medical centers but we are barely coping with this new wave of violence.

November 11, 2016

A humanitarian tragedy is unfolding while the world watches and does nothing. Months of siege and the indiscriminate bombing by the Syrian government and its allies have left the population of eastern Aleppo in desperate straits and its health system in tatters.

October 14, 2016

With intensive care units full and medical supplies running out, eastern Aleppo’s seven remaining hospitals cannot cope for much longer, says surgeon Dr. Abu Huthaifa.

October 10, 2016

“What is clear is that we have lost the capacity to help in any major way,” says MSF's head of mission for Syria projects. Only 35 doctors remain in east Aleppo and they are overwhelmed with needs.

October 04, 2016

Abu Khalid is an orthopedic surgeon and director of a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in besieged eastern Aleppo. He left the city on August 21, believing that the siege was over. But when restarted just days later, he found himself unable to return. He currently works at MSF’s Al Salamah hospital in Azaz District, close to the Turkish border. Here he describes the situation in eastern Aleppo.

September 29, 2016

The story of Maya Mahameed, 13, from Syria, as told by her mother:

My daughter Maya, who is 13 years old, sustained a serious injury on her way back from school as a result of rocket shelling on Dara'a Governorate on February 17, 2015.

Maya was transported to the Jordanian-Syrian border suffering injuries in the abdomen, hip and sacrum. Upon reaching the border, Maya was taken in an MSF Ramtha Hospital ambulance to the Jordanian side to receive urgent medical care.

September 23, 2016

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in northeast Nigeria's Borno State, where violence has displaced thousands and cut off enclaves outside the state capital of Maiduguri from aid.

September 09, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) nurse Crystal van Leeuwen recently returned from seven months coordinating MSF’s medical activities in Yemen. A member of MSF’s emergency team, van Leeuwen has worked with MSF in countries including Syria, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria, as well as on the Ebola response in West Africa. Here, she describes her experience in Yemen.

September 08, 2016

Mustafa Karaman is a volunteer physiotherapist in one of the only eight functional hospitals in east Aleppo, where 250,000 people are now living under siege and constant bombing. Here, Mustafa describes his team's daily struggle to provide care for the sick and the wounded.

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