Paul Van Der Laan
Doctor, from Holland
In December, when fighting broke out at Bossangoa hospital between the anti-Balaka and the Seleka, we built a fence around the hospital to make sure people were safe. This was the last place where Muslims and Christians co-existed. We had quite a few surgical patients then that got wounded in the bush but were afraid to leave. They had been shot two weeks before and the result was often infection and un-repairable damage, and the only solution was to amputate for them to survive. People were often carried here, and didn’t take the roads because it was too dangerous. It was very difficult.