August 13, 2014 - 8:00pm


Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for an online discussion about the current situation in Syria and neighboring countries affected by the war. A panel of three experienced MSF aid workers recently returned from assignments with MSF's emergency response to the crisis will share their views and experiences.

Now into its fourth year, the war in Syria has killed more than 150,000 people and driven upwards of 9 million people from their homes—more than 2.8 million who’ve fled the country, and more than 6.5 million who are displaced inside its borders.

As astonishing as the numbers are, the human scope of the conflict is still hard to convey. In a new series of reports and multimedia pieces, The Reach of War: A Day in the Life of the Syrian Conflict, to be released on August 12, attempts to put a more human face on the numbers.

In late 2013, MSF sent teams to projects in Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan on the same day to record the work we are doing with Syrians and to experience the situation through the eyes of staff members trying to provide desperately needed assistance. The goal was to chronicle “a day in the life” of this brutal, relentless conflict and to collect imagery and narratives that might foster a deeper understanding of the reach of this war.

Join us for a webcast on August 13 as aid workers with first-hand experience inside Syria, and in the surrounding nations share their experience treating the victims of this terrible conflict.

Viewer participation is encouraged via a chat feature available during the webcast.


Tara Newell, a member of MSF's emergency response team who recently finished a year-long assignment as the head of mission for Syria, which frequently took her inside the country's borders. She also recently conducted an exploratory mission inside Iraq to determine the medical needs on the ground, and help shape MSF's humanitarian response.

Dr. Amber Alayyan, a physician who spent nine months as the medical team leader at MSF's hospital in Ramtha, Jordan, just across the border from Syria, where the MSF team treats war wounded and refugees fleeing the conflict.

Dr. Deane Marchbein, an MSF anesthesiologist and president of the board of directors for Doctors Without Borders in the United States, who traveled to Syria in 2013 to help treat those affected by the war.