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Acapulco, Mexico: “The population is exposed to violence on a daily basis”

Médecins Sans Frontières has been carrying out projects in Mexico since 1985. Throughout 2014, the...

South Sudan: Médecins Sans Frontières calls for urgent humanitarian access to Upper Nile state

As fighting intensifies in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, and people’s humanitarian needs grow,...


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A tale of a Desperate Midwife

In the left corner of the maternity ward of Dolo Ado health centre, Médecins Sans Frontières midwife Aisha Akello has an emotional discussion with a woman sitting on the hospital bed. Unlike the rest of the women in the modest...

27/07/2015 Ethiopia

Srebrenica, 1995: “I couldn’t believe that they would be killed in cold blood”

In July 1995 two international Médecins Sans Frontières volunteers, a German nurse and an Australian doctor, were present in the enclave of Srebrenica, in eastern Bosnia, when it fell into the hands of the Bosnian-Serb army. As...


“If you scratch the surface a little bit, people are traumatised”

Dr Andrew Dimitri from Sydney worked as Médecins Sans Frontières’ Medical Activities Manager in Gorlovka region, eastern Ukraine, until May this year. More than 2 million Ukrainians have been displaced by the conflict and...

08/07/2015 Ukraine

“Laughter erupts from our survivor ... Somehow, the thaw has begun”

Auckland general practitioner Dr Karen Chung recently spent a year in Swaziland, where she was Médecins Sans Frontières’ focus person for survivors of sexual violence.

18/06/2015 Swaziland

Good things come in threes

Ally Moebus is a paediatric nurse from Melbourne, Australia, currently working in Médecins Sans Frontières’ Dasht-e-Barchi maternity hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. This is Ally’s first field placement with Médecins Sans...

04/06/2015 Afghanistan

“My heart sank in fear for his life.”

Nurse Gandhi Pant grew up in Nepal and now lives in Australia. He is currently back in Nepal, working with Médecins Sans Frontières to provide medical relief to earthquake victims.

27/05/2015 Nepal

"They see no other way"

Heading for waters off the Libyan coast aboard rescue ship the MY Phoenix, run in partnership with MOAS, Dr Erna Rijnierse speaks of her work caring for those rescued in the Mediterranean Sea.


"That's why I love my job": life-saving surgery in Afghanistan

Tomas Sebek is a surgeon from the Czech Republic. He is currently working in Médecins Sans Frontières’ project in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Here, he writes about his experiences.

28/04/2015 Afghanistan

Occupied Minds: translating stories of trauma in Palestine

Ola Jabari is 29 years old and has always dreamed of the sea. I smile when she tells me this. “In Spanish, Ola …” “Yes, I know”, she interrupts, “the Médecins Sans Frontières psychologists from Spain always remind me about it”....

01/04/2015 Palestine

Building medical solutions in the Syrian refugee crisis

Steve Denshire, a builder and carpenter from Newcastle, NSW, worked as the logistics manager for the Médecins Sans Frontières project at Domiz refugee camp in Dohuk, Iraq, for six months.

30/03/2015 Iraq, Syria
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