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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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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor Natalie Roberts spent two months working in the Philippines, running MSF’s inflatable hospital in Tacloban. Here, she describes her experience.

I arrived in Tacloban a week after the typhoon. As soon as the town came into view from the air, the level of devastation became apparent. The runway was surrounded by debris—cars, bits of tin roofing, broken wood, as well as aid packages and military planes. Airport departures was just a hole in the wall, partially covered by mangled barbed wire.

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Christine Bimansha, a medical doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is one of the experienced emergency staff working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in South Sudan. She is currently working at a camp in the capital, Juba, where 35,000 people have gathered to seek safety following a wave of violence. Here, she describes the climate of fear in the camp and the considerable health risks.

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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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