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

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April 04, 2015

Dr. Bashir Abdiweli is the medical team leader who coordinated the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) response to the Garissa University attacks in eastern Kenya. He arrived on April 2 with MSF’s medical team in the aftermath of the attack to support the Garissa Hospital team in the treatment of casualties.

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 25, 2015

The Directorate of Health for Hama region is a network of medical facilities set-up by Syrian doctors to provide medical care in areas controlled by opposition forces. Dr. Ahmad Dobbis, medical coordinator for the Directorate in the Hama region, talks about condition of medical care in the region.

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.

March 03, 2015

An MSF team managed to reach Debaltseve on February 21, three days after the rebels took the city in Eastern Ukraine. Olivier Antonin, MSF’s emergency coordinator, was part of the team that provided medical aid and evaluated the medical needs there. He describes what he saw in this devastated city.

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.

December 02, 2014

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières field coordinator Omar Ahmed Abenza writes from Najaf, southern Iraq, where MSF is assisting internally displaced families in Diwaniya, Kerbala, and Babil with non-food item distribution, mobile clinics, and health promotion. 

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