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

March 08, 2016

Providing psychological support to victims of sexual violence without delay is a priority for MSF staff. The patient must be able to speak confidentially and share their burden in an environment of trust. Early, appropriate psychological support and comfort are essential to a victim’s recovery.

March 08, 2016

These stories have been bravely shared by women and girls cared for by MSF in our medical humanitarian projects. Each woman, or child in the company of their guardian, has given consent for their stories to be shared. Their hope, and ours, is that you can bear witness to their suffering, and contribute to breaking down the barriers to addressing sexual violence.

July 30, 2015

By Karen Stewart, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Very early one morning a few years ago, nine-year-old Annie appeared in the waiting area at our clinic in Lae, Papua New Guinea (PNG), clutching her mother and staring at the floor. Her mother told the registrar that Annie had not spoken a word, nor attended school, in two years. She didn’t know what was wrong with Annie and wanted her tested to find out if the child had had sex.

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.

June 06, 2013

After her husband was killed by the violence plaguing eastern DRC, Victorine is living among other people displaced by the strife, facing a difficult future for herself and her four children.

February 13, 2012

MSF nurse Alice Echumbe describes her experiences as supervisor at MSF's Jamaa Letu family health center.

July 03, 2011

MSF Operations Manager Katrien Coppens discusses the organization's response to yet another incident of mass rape in eastern DRC.

February 17, 2011

“I met people whose villages had been burnt to the ground by one military group or another. They had run into the bush and were living with trees over the top of them and no mosquito nets”

May 05, 2010

An interview with Melania Raga Bejarano, head nurse in the maternity ward of San Francisco Asis Hospital in Colombia’s Chocó department.

August 09, 2009

The Simelela center was set up to offer medical care, the collection of forensic evidence, counseling and follow-up care for victims of sexual violence in the rape-ravaged township of Khayelitsha. “We did a lot of work to raise awareness. We went door-to-door, held marches, and put on puppet shows for children at schools and crèches. We told them, ‘Speak up and break the silence about rape’. Married women or girlfriends who had been imprisoned in their own bedrooms told us what happened to them."

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