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In Hebron and East Jerusalem, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs a medical and psychosocial program for people suffering from conflict-related trauma. MSF teams focus on people with psychological distress (acute stress, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic syndromes, depression) related to violent incidents with Israeli settlers, the Israeli Army, or other Palestinian parties. Here, an MSF psychologist describes a session with a patient in Hebron.

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Côme Niyomgabo, a 40-year-old Burundian, recently finished a nine-month mission coordinating the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) project to reduce child mortality in Bouza, in Niger’s Tahoua district. He discusses his experience in this interview.

What is the situation in Bouza at present?

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Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, has been convulsed by violence for weeks, but most of the city’s hospitals are no longer functioning. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs the only trauma unit in the city, at Community Hospital, where staff have treated more than 800 patients—most with bullet or knife wounds—since fighting broke out in early December. Here, project coordinator Jessie Gaffric, who manages MSF’s operations at Community, describes the situation:

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Some 35,000 people who have taken refuge in a displaced persons camp in Juba are now threatened by a lack of clean water and sanitation.

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A family carries on in Turkey as their dream of ever going home begins to fade.

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A Syrian family in Kilis expands while hopes for the future grow murky.

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Six months after arriving in Greece, a Syrian refugee has found that reality has not met his expectations.

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MSF has set up a maternity ward and neonatal unit in Tacloban to provide specialized care for mothers and children in the wake of the storm.

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In this interview, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) project coordinator Julian Donald describes the crisis in Bossangoa, Central African Republic, and the surrounding Ouham Prefecture, where nearly the entire population has fled into the bush. This interview was conducted on December 11, 2013, just a few days following the latest episode of intense violence between armed groups in Bossangoa.

What has happened in Bossangoa since the violence in September, two weeks before you arrived?

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As Syrian refugees increasingly head towards Bulgaria, MSF is working to provide aid and assist the overstretched Bulgarian authorities.

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