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


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.

September 08, 2016

In August, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team traveled to Bama, a town 75 kilometers [about 47 miles] from Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s Borno State. Bama is on the front line in the conflict between the Nigerian army and Boko Haram. Here, MSF project coordinator Hakim Khaldi describes the living conditions for thousands of displaced people in and around the town—and the emergency assistance delivered by MSF.

August 11, 2016

An interview with Dr. Hussein, a Syrian pediatrician who manages a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in besieged eastern Aleppo, which is now enduring a withering onslaught by government and government-affiliated forces. Dr. Hussein had left Aleppo to celebrate Eid Al Fitr outside the city and has been unable to get back in since the last road into east Aleppo was cut in July.

August 11, 2016

By Natalie Thurtle, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical coordinator.

"Berm" /bəːm/ an artificial ridge or embankment, such as one built as a defense.

Syria. Eleven million displaced. Four hundred thousand deaths. These are approximations. At this juncture, deaths and displaced persons are estimated in zeros—the individual simply disappears.