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



September 09, 2016

MSF surgeon Hardik Vyas, otherwise known as “Tonny,” writes from MSF’s Ramtha emergency surgical project, in northern Jordan, just across the border from war-torn Syria.

August 11, 2016

In Zémio, in the far southeast of Central African Republic (CAR), Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has partnered with the local Ministry of Health (MoH) to support a 30-bed health center with inpatient, outpatient, maternity, laboratory, and HIV/TB services, and runs an outreach program.

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.

July 28, 2016

Nurse Nicole Campbell recently returned from her second assignment with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Jordan. Here, she discusses her experiences in the MSF maternity hospital in Irbid.

July 22, 2016

Dr. Erna Rijnierse is an MSF physician onboard the search and rescue vessel the MV Aquarius, which is run in partnership between MSF and SOS MEDITERRANEE. She gave the following account of a rescue operation in the central Mediterranean on July 20, in which 209 people were rescued from two small boats in distress, and 22 people (21 women and one man) were found dead.

June 30, 2016

About 60,000 people trying to flee Syria are trapped without aid in extremely harsh conditions near Jordan’s northeastern border in a large informal camp area known as the "berm" [editor's note: the number has since risen to 75,000]. Here, they describe the situation in their own words.

June 16, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor Conor Kenny recounts the evacuation of Idomeni and his experience treating refugees and migrants in Greece following the EU-Turkey deal.

June 02, 2016

Yahya Jarad is a nursing supervisor at MSF´s Al Salamah hospital, and a 2007 nursing graduate from Aleppo University. Last Friday, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)had to evacuate the patients of Al Salamah hospital and close the facility as front lines drew too close. An estimated 100,000 people are trapped in northern Syria’s Azaz district with battle lines approaching.

May 25, 2016

Refugees living in Elliniko Sports Stadium in Athens, Greece, tell their stories in their own words.

May 06, 2016

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor Conor Kenny writes from Idomeni, Greece, where more than 1,000 refugees are trapped at the border.

Before I could see him, I could hear his screams coming towards us through the fabric of the field clinic tent. Carried in a standard issue dark thermal blanket by four young men, he was in tears, screaming and writhing in agony. We placed him immediately on our assessment bench. It was clear that this was an emergency.